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

a project of the texas public policy foundation, in partnership with the AMERICAN CONSERVATIVE UNION FOUNDATION and JUSTICE FELLOWSHIP

Michael Haugen

May 27, 2015

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With the signature of Gov. Brian Sandoval, Nevada passed legislation on Monday to become the 13th state to abolish a life without the possibility of parole sentence for juvenile offenders. Assembly...

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Michael Haugen

May 20, 2015

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In a new column for The New Republic released on Monday, Stephen Lurie correctly acknowledges that our sprawling criminal justice system has recently enjoyed widespread attention from lawmakers and po...

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Articles

Liberty Bell Award Rings for Senior Fellow Jerry Madden

| May 21, 2015

Every year the Dallas Association of Young Lawyers (DAYL) awards the Liberty Bell Award to a non-lawyer that “strengthens the effectiveness of the American system of justice.” In April of 2015, DAYL awarded it to Jerry Madden for his service in improving the performance of the Texas correctional system while a Representative, and later nationally as a Senior Fellow for Right on Crime. Madden has served the state of Texas for many decades, through his chairmanship of the Republican party in Collin Count...

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Research

Bringing Balance to Pretrial Proceedings: Solutions for Early Representation of Indigent Defendants

| May 1, 2015

Introduction In recent years, there has been a surge of interest in Texas prison reform. Prison, however, is just one component of the criminal justice system. It is jails, the front door of the justice system, that touch the most people. Nationally, there are 12 million annual jail admissions, about 19 times the number of those entering state and federal prisons.[1] Although the terms are sometimes used interchangeably, prisons and jails are different. A prison is a state-level facility for a felony of...

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