The conservative approach to criminal justice:
fighting crime, supporting victims, and protecting taxpayers.

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On Cato Podcast, Cohen Highlights Concerns About Influence of Police Unions

Michael Haugen | November 20, 2015

In yesterday’s Daily Podcast, Caleb Brown of the Cato Institute featured Right on Crime Deputy Director Derek Cohen for a discussion about the influence of police unions, including their proper role...

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Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson Makes Forceful Case for Conservative Justice Reform

Michael Haugen | November 12, 2015

Last week, Arkansas Governor and Right on Crime signatory emeritus Asa Hutchinson gave the keynote address at the Charles Koch Institute’s “Advancing Justice” summit in New Orleans. As part o...

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ROC Signatory David Keene to Justice Reformers: Search for Real-World Solutions

Savannah Hostetter | November 12, 2015

As the nation gears up for the holiday season and 2016 presidential campaign, Right on Crime Signatory David Keene encourages policy makers and advocates to seek real, rather than political, solutions...

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Daily Signal Series Uncovers Philadelphia’s Civil Asset Forfeiture Problem

Savannah Hostetter | November 9, 2015

This morning, the Daily Signal released the first piece in a three-part series detailing civil asset forfeiture abuse in Philadelphia’s criminal justice system. Originally designed as a tool for law...

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Washington Times
White House Counsel Backs Senate Justice Reform Bill -

Top legal adviser gave his support to a Senate bill on criminal justice reform that would reduce mandatory sentences for nonviolent drug offenders.

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The Detroit News
Michigan Brings Transparency To Civil Forfeiture -

With Gov. Snyder’s signature, Michigan now has more stringent reporting requirements and higher evidentiary standards for civil forfeiture.

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Roll Call
Obama, Ryan Speak Same Language on Criminal Justice Overhaul -

Speaker Ryan’s record suggests issues like helping former inmates find work on the outside might be an early area of collaboration with President Obama.

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Philadelphia Inquirer
Federal Judge to Rule Soon on Civil-Forfeiture Seizures -

A partial settlement over the city district attorney’s use of civil-forfeiture laws to take property from people awaits formal approval.

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Salt Lake Tribune
Criminal Justice Reform Means Getting Smart About Crime -

Since 1980, our federal prison population has grown from roughly 24,000 to more than 215,000 while prison spending grew nearly 600 percent.

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Denver Post
A Major Move On Sentencing Reform -

Federal criminal justice reform legislation is not going “soft on crime.” It is being sensible on sentencing.

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Criminal Justice Reform in the States

In the world of conservative criminal justice reform, the most exciting advances are taking place at the state level.  States  are finding innovative ways to increase public safety while trimming burdensome corrections costs. Every state is different, and thus every state is finding unique solutions. All of the red states on the map, however, have one thing in common: They are seizing the opportunity to cut corrections costs and keep the public safe.