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February 18, 2016

Conservatives continue to lead the way on criminal justice reform and Right on Crime is the “tip of the spear” – leading key reform efforts across the country and in Washington, DC. Thanks to the leadership of the Signatories to the Right on Crime Statement of Principles, many states have saved taxpayer money while focusing on victims and enhancing public safety. It is an exciting time for criminal justice reform and we want to keep you up to date with our campaign, so read more and share your thoughts with us on Facebook and Twitter.

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Conservative Justice Reform Advocates React to New FBI Crime Report

The FBI has released its annual crime report for last year, and the conservative members of the U.S. Justice Action Network—three of whom are also Right on Crime signatories— issued the following statements. Bottom line is this: while any increase in any crime is cause for concern, America is still much safer today than in decade’s past. States and the federal government should continue efforts to adopt empirically proven, data-based approaches to improve public safety: Marc Levin, policy direct...

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Jerry Madden Discusses Texas’ Justice Reform Efforts to ICJC in Melbourne

In this video from the International Criminal Justice Conference in Melbourne, Australia last year, former Texas House Corrections Committee Chairman and Right on Crime senior fellow Jerry Madden shares the Justice Reinvestment approach implemented during Texas’ reform efforts in 2007, which resulted in a reduction of the prison population and an increase in pre- and post-prison programs:...

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New Police Foundation Report: Foot Patrol Improves Community Relations, Problem-Solving Capabilities

Discussion of foot patrol in modern policing may generate images of the beat officer walking the business district or neighborhood, stopping to talk with shop owners and homeowners, and occasionally collaring the neighborhood ruffian.  For many, these are not unpleasant images.  They reflect a time when trust between law enforcement and the community was high, and a desire to return to the comforting times such thoughts prompt in our collective minds may never have been stronger. A newly release...

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Taylor Millard: Justice Reform Could Save Almost $800M If Congress Acts

This commentary, written by Taylor Millard, appeared at Hot Air on September 11, 2016. I wrote last week how justice reform is fiscally conservative, specifically looking at a Texas Public Policy Foundation study on incarceration vs. treatment. The potential savings are even more massive on a federal level where the Sentencing Reform Act of 2015 could whack hundreds of millions of dollars from the budget. Via Congressional Budget Office (emphasis mine): H.R. 3713 would amend federal law to chang...

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Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn Talks Criminal Justice Reform at AEI

In a keynote address given at the American Enterprise Institute, Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn, co-sponsor of the Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act, discussed the efforts that many conservative states have taken over the last decade to confront stubbornly high recidivism rates and spiraling corrections costs, and provides context on how lessons learned can inform federal reform. In particular, Senator Cornyn emphasized that federal legislation would use money and resources saved by divert...

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