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This article originally appeared in the Houston Chronicle on July 1, 2015. In the past 10 years, Texas has significantly restructured its corrections and criminal justice policy. I had the privileg...

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Last Friday, Right on Crime, in partnership with Americans for Tax Reform, held a policy primer in Washington, D.C. titled "Civil Asset Forfeiture: Undue Process and Overdue Reforms," discussing var...

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The Conservative Case for Pretrial Justice Reform and Seven Solutions for Right-Sizing the Solution

| June 29, 2015

Marc Levin, Director of Right on Crime and the Center for Effective Justice, has written a two-part exposition in Townhall on pretrial justice reform and how conservative solutions can bring the system forward. Recent cases such as Kalief Browder's have brought attention to a pretrial system that can ruin lives before a conviction is even procured. Levin proposes coming back to constitutional principles such as the right to bail and counsel, in order to avoid injustice. Read the text of the article below....

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Overincarceration Of People With Mental Illness

| June 3, 2015

In a new white paper for the Texas Public Policy Foundation, mental health policy fellow Kate Murphy and policy intern Christi Barr present some of the myriad issues attendant with the overincarceration of people with mental illnesses in Texas, and make recommendations for both local and state governments to encourage alternatives when feasible. Part of the problem, they state, is a lack of coordination between state and local governments that has impeded local officials' ability to resolve the problems as...

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June 26, 2015 – Civil Asset Forfeiture: Undue Process and Overdue Reforms

| May 28, 2015

On June 26, 2015, from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm, Right on Crime, in partnership with FreedomWorks, Faith & Freedom Coalition, & Americans for Tax Reform, will host a Policy Primer on civil asset forfeiture in Washington D.C. This event will include two panel discussions, Civil Asset Forfeiture: Undue Process and Overdue Reforms. Civil asset forfeiture is a mechanism that allows a very low burden of proof before law enforcement is able to seize property from individual citizens and businesses. The asset...

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Right on Crime is a national campaign to promote successful, conservative solutions on American criminal justice policy—reforming the system to ensure public safety, shrink government, and save taxpayers money. By sharing research and policy ideas and mobilizing strong conservative voices, we work to raise awareness of the growing support for effective reforms within the conservative movement. We are transforming the debate on criminal justice in America.