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

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Federal Compromise on Criminal Justice Reform Bill Announced in Senate

Dianna Muldrow | October 1, 2015

On October 1, a collection of senators announced that an agreement had been reached on the CORRECTIONS Act and the Smarter Sentencing Act, both bipartisan criminal justice reform bills that had both a...

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Vice’s Criminal Justice Doesn’t Move the Needle

Greg Glod | September 29, 2015

On Sunday night, Vice aired a special on criminal justice reform, which they had dubbed “historic.” The 68 minute documentary was informative, giving a 30,000 foot overview of the criminal just...

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R Street Institute: Costs and Benefits of Subjecting Juveniles to Sex-Offender Registration and Notification

Michael Haugen | September 29, 2015

A new cost-benefit analysis from the R Street Institute released today suggests that the benefits associated with including juveniles on sex offender registries are currently far outweighed by the soc...

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Department of Justice: 77% of Offenders Rearrested Within Five Years

Greg Glod | September 25, 2015

The Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Statistics released a troubling report today on the likelihood of ex-offenders finding themselves back in the criminal justice system after being releas...

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Citizen's Voice (Luzerne County)
Reform Asset Forfeiture in Criminal Justice System -

Reform bills based on New Mexico’s new law were introduced this year in both houses of the Pennsylvania Legislature.

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Michigan Live
Michigan Looks To Address Its $2B Prison Problem With Bipartisan Help -

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder said prison reform is one of his top priorities to address before the end of the year.

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Fox News Opinion
Pope Francis And The Case For American Criminal Justice Reform -

Pope Francis continues a tradition among Catholic leaders of offering mercy and second chances to prisoners.

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Texas Tribune
Lawmakers Zero In On Jail Standards, Mental Health -

A Texas Senate Criminal Justice Committee hearing saw testimony from policy analysts, law enforcement on jail standards and mental health.

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Roll Call
It’s Time for Congress to Go Big on Criminal Justice Reform -

Passing legislation on criminal justice reform a possibility for the first time since the 1990s.

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U.S. Prison Population Drops to Lowest Level Since 2005 -

U.S. prison population dropped by 1 percent in 2014 versus the previous year, to about 1.56 million people, according to BJS statistics.

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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.