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Rethinking Community Supervision: Moving from a Referee to Coach Model

Right on Crime | April 6, 2020
In this video discussion, Right on Crime’s Marc Levin talked with Brian Lovins, one of the nation’s foremost pioneers in community supervision to explore how innovative strategies can result…

AUDIO: Discussion on Solitary Confinement with Former Colorado Corrections Director Rick Raemisch

Right on Crime | March 17, 2020
Marc Levin, V.P. of Criminal Justice at TPPF/Right on Crime, was joined by former Colorado Department of Corrections Director Rick Raemisch to talk about strategies for addressing solitary confinement…

Louisiana Passed Justice Reforms in 2017, But How Much Is Being Utilized?

Scott Peyton | March 16, 2020
This year we saw the LSU Tigers take home a National Championship. For the first time in many years, maybe decades, the Tigers had an unbelievable defense, offense and…

Businesses Working to Give Kentuckians Second Chances

Aubrey Vaughan Travis | February 26, 2020
There is a promising cultural shift across the business community in Kentucky to hire those needing a second chance after re-entering the workforce. Read more

America and Drug Abuse: Was Richard Nixon On To Something?

Julie Warren | February 21, 2020
President Richard Nixon originated the idea of a “war on drugs” in a 1971 letter to Congress (at least that is the widely accepted view). His declaration of “war”…

Yes, Drug Courts Are Working in Louisiana

Scott Peyton | February 12, 2020
In 2017, the Louisiana Legislature, with overwhelming bipartisan support, passed ten reforms (sponsored by six republicans, two democrats, and one independent) supported by data and aimed at safely reducing…

A Coalition Letter of Support for ‘Meaningful Sentencing and Prison Reforms’ in Florida

Right on Crime | February 11, 2020
In a new letter to Florida lawmakers, a broad coalition of conservative organizations encourage the House of Representatives to improve Florida’s sentencing laws, including restoring judicial discretion in drug…

INTERVIEW: TPPF’s Alice Marie Johnson Talks Being Released From Prison, Criminal Justice Reform With Sean Hannity

Right on Crime | February 5, 2020
The Texas Public Policy Foundation’s new senior fellow Alice Marie Johnson joins Sean Hannity’s program to discuss mentoring other inmates while in prison and being released after receiving clemency…

A Window Into Solitary Confinement and Its Many Alternatives

Right on Crime | January 28, 2020
Solitary confinement for brief periods is occasionally necessary to protect the safety of both people who are incarcerated and the staff responsible for them. However, absent appropriate limitations, it…

Kentucky Governor & Lawmakers Agree: Criminal Justice Reform is a Priority in the Bluegrass State

Aubrey Vaughan Travis | January 15, 2020
Last week, Kentucky leaders on both sides of the aisle pledged to make criminal justice reform a top priority this session. This commitment is welcome given the growing prison…

Too Young to Succeed? Emerging Community Supervision Strategies for Emerging Adults

Right on Crime | January 6, 2020
Transitioning from being a youth typically living with a parent to establishing self- sufficiency as a mature adult is a challenging period, and how a person handles that transition…

Solitary Confinement

Scott Peyton | October 29, 2019
In my former career as a probation and parole officer, several events completely changed how I viewed my job.  One such event occurred when I was a juvenile probation…

Medal of Freedom

Kaycie Alexander | October 10, 2019
Right on Crime signatory Edwin Meese III recently received the Medal of Freedom presented by President Donald Trump for his dedication to public service. This recognition is well-deserved as…

Reforming Reporting Day

Scott Peyton | August 20, 2019
While working as a probation and parole (PNP) officer, on a dreaded “reporting day,” one of my parolees told me that I was “punishing him because he had a…

Police Use of Force: Foresight Over Hindsight

Michael Hughes | July 30, 2019
The use of force by police creates some of the widest chasms between officers and citizens. Training must build confidence and offer realistic scenarios. This approach sets up appropriate…

Reentry Reform

Scott Peyton | July 25, 2019
My former supervisor from Probation and Parole always said, “you attract more bees with honey,” when describing how we were to interact with persons on supervision. We have all…

Tucker Carlson and John Kennedy get the First Step Act all wrong

Derek M. Cohen | July 25, 2019
Originally published in the Washington Examiner on July 24, 2019 When President Trump signed the First Step Act into law in December 2018, he was flanked by conservative senators and law…

A Perspective on Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) Teams

Randy Petersen | June 28, 2019
SWAT teams are sometimes a necessity, and because of the nature of the incidents they are properly used for, team formation, training, and use should be required to meet…

HB 427: Price Tag Switching

Isabelle Paine | June 25, 2019
Proportionality is paramount to an effective criminal justice system, and the 86th Texas Legislature took a step forward this session by passing House Bill 427. Someone who attempts to…

White House event: Second Chance Hiring

Right on Crime | June 17, 2019
Right on Crime’s National Director of Reentry Initiatives, John Koufos, spoke with President Donald Trump on June 13 regarding second chance hiring. President Donald Trump has continued to advocate…

Community Supervision in Tennessee

Julie Warren | June 17, 2019
Reforms to Tennessee’s community supervision system—including to parole, probation, and community corrections—are necessary and can lead to improvements in the challenges of overcrowding and reentry.

Community Supervision in Wisconsin

Thomas Lyons | June 11, 2019
Tom Lyons, Right on Crime’s state director for Wisconsin, provides a policy brief of the state’s community supervision apparatus and discusses some of its challenges – including the higher-than-average…

Community Corrections in Florida

Greg Glod | June 3, 2019
Right on Crime’s Manager of State Initiates, Greg Glod, discusses the current state of community corrections in Florida. While the use of community supervision is a positive criminal justice…

Is Pro-Liberty Really Anti-Police?

Randy Petersen | May 31, 2019
The Texas Public Policy Foundation worked hard this legislative session to limit the practice of making a custodial arrest (handcuffs and ride in a squad car) for offenses that…

Unions Alarmingly Misrepresent SB 815

Randy Petersen | May 23, 2019
When the legislature creates a criminal statute that is punishable by a fine alone, meaning that incarceration is not a potential consequence even if the offender is found guilty…

Ten Tips for Policymakers for Improving Parole

Marc Levin | May 17, 2019
Right on Crime Vice President Marc Levin offers ideas for lawmakers regarding parole. Levin recognizes the benefits to parole and seeks to improve the system to further benefit citizens.

Ten Tips for Policymakers for Improving Probation

Marc Levin | May 17, 2019
Right on Crime Vice President Marc Levin proposes innovative ideas to law makers regarding the probation system. By implementing these practices Texas can see a reduction in the number…

Louisiana Bill Advances to Allow Hospice Workers to Continue Work Beyond Prison Walls

Scott Peyton | May 16, 2019
As part of my training to become a Catholic Deacon, I spent time one summer working with a local hospice organization. I joined along with a hospice worker as…

Texas Lawmakers Should Prioritize Grand Jury Reform

Haley Holik | May 14, 2019
Grand jury reform is gaining momentum in Texas. But as the 86th Legislative Session nears curtain, lawmakers need to prioritize Chair Whitmire’s SB 1492 to help restore the grand…

Released Inmate Documentation

Kaycie Alexander | May 14, 2019
Studies have shown that the number one factor in reducing the risk of recidivism is obtaining employment. When employment is not easily obtained, ex-offenders often become discouraged and return…

Oklahoma Governor Makes Reforming Fines and Fees a Priority

Joe Griffin | May 9, 2019
This week, Governor Kevin Stitt announced a number of Criminal Justice Reform priorities that he wants passed in the last weeks of session. This is a tremendous signal from…

Dignity for Incarcerated Women

Kaycie Alexander | May 7, 2019
On both the federal and state level an overwhelming percentage of inmates are male. It is unsurprising, then, that correctional policies sometimes overlook issues unique to incarcerated women. As…

Results-Oriented Solutions for Probation Funding

Right on Crime | May 3, 2019
Right on Crime policy analyst Michael Haugen examines various performance-based probation funding models across the country, which base their formulas upon the ability of probation departments to expand supervision…

Grand Jury Reform in Texas

Haley Holik | May 3, 2019
In Texas, any person accused of committing a felony has the right to a grand jury. Without historical context, though, one may wonder why Texas even bothered enshrining such…

Confronting the Burden of Fines and Fees on Fine-Only Offenses in Texas: Recent Reforms and Next Steps

Right on Crime | May 1, 2019
Marc Levin and Haley Holik discuss the impact of fine-only offenses on offenders who are unable to pay. With so many citizens jailed because of an inability to pay,…

Louisiana Criminal Justice Reform

Greg Glod | April 30, 2019
In 2017, the Justice Reinvestment Initiative (JRI) reforms were passed with overwhelming bi-partisan support in the Louisiana Legislature and signed into law by Governor Edwards.  Over a year and…

Criminal Justice Reform Symposium

Kaycie Alexander | April 24, 2019
On Thursday April 17, Right on Crime and Men of Valor came together to put on a criminal justice reform symposium. Governors Matt Bevin of Kentucky, and Bill Lee…

Second Chances in Minnesota

Thomas Lyons | April 23, 2019
Recently, I had the privilege of travelling to the Minnesota Correctional Facility at Shakopee.  The facility is the only prison in Minnesota used for women.  Located a little bit…

Oklahoma Substance Abuse Legislation

Joe Griffin | April 23, 2019
A little more than two years ago, Oklahomans acknowledged that simply being in possession of a small amount of drugs should not earn someone a lengthy prison sentence and…

Employment and Second Chances in Louisiana

Scott Peyton | April 17, 2019
Nationally, over 625,000 people are released each year from prison. In Louisiana, over 18,000 people are released from the Department of Corrections (DOC) facilities. According to DOC, 43% of…

Tennesseans Agree with Governor Lee’s Call for Criminal Justice Reform

Julie Warren | April 8, 2019
Earlier this month, Governor Bill Lee used the State of the State addressto announce details of his criminal justice reform agenda. Underlying this agenda is the intent to make Tennessee…

Oklahoma Poll Reveals Strong Support for Criminal Justice Reform

Right on Crime | April 5, 2019
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE APRIL 5, 2019 CONTACT: Andrew Speno 405-315-5924 aspeno@rightoncrime.com Oklahoma City, OK — A poll commissioned by Right on Crime and conducted by Ascend Perspectives revealed a…

Voters in Four Oklahoma Legislative Districts Signal Strong Support for Criminal Justice Reforms

Right on Crime | April 4, 2019
In new polling of registered voters in four Oklahoma legislative districts conducted for Right on Crime, voters have signaled their belief that there are too many Oklahomans in prison…

Bail Reform: The Balance of Liberty and Public Safety

Right on Crime | March 13, 2019
As the Texas Legislature examines bail reform, join us on March 28 for a discussion about how Texas can move to a risk-based system in which pretrial release decisions…

Oklahoma District Attorney Supervision: An Unpopular Patchwork Policy

Joe Griffin | March 12, 2019
While much attention has been given to Oklahoma’s large prison population, further attention needs to be focused on the fines and fees that fund the state’s criminal justice system…

Lent: Season for Second Chances

Scott Peyton | March 6, 2019
In most parts of the United States on March 5, it was just another Tuesday.  However, in Louisiana, most state offices, schools and local businesses were closed to celebrate Mardi…

All Talk and No Action: Arizona’s Mandatory Drug Sentencing

Right on Crime | March 5, 2019
Right on Crime’s Greg Glod, Director of State Initiatives, examines Arizona’s broad, and often confusing, mandatory drug sentencing laws. While many mandatory minimum sentencing laws, particularly for drug offenses,…

Excessive Fines and Fees Are Hindering Reentry in Louisiana

Scott Peyton | February 28, 2019
Act 260 (HB 249) is one of ten bills that make up Louisiana’s 2017 Justice Reinvestment Initiative (JRI) reforms.  The goal of Act 260 is “to ensure that criminal justice…

New Report Highlights Wisconsin’s Unsuccessful Community Supervision

Thomas Lyons | February 28, 2019
Recently, a new report was released by Columbia University’s Justice Lab that examines how Wisconsin’s approach to community supervision is different from other states—with the result being a more expensive…

Who Holds the Reins on Federal Law Enforcement?

Randy Petersen | February 27, 2019
Without much fanfare, the Government Accounting Office released information on Federal Law Enforcement Officers (FLEOs) within the government to “Congressional Requestors” on December 18thof 2018.  It did not receive much attention,…

Bail Reform in Texas

Kaycie Alexander | February 27, 2019
The current criminal justice system in Texas leaves many inmates without hope of reentry into society. Seventy-five percent of those in county jails are awaiting trial; and according to…

A Tale of Two Suspects

Randy Petersen | February 21, 2019
An alleged hate crime involving an attack on Jussie Smollett quickly spiraled into charges against the complainant himself as Chicago Police uncovered evidence that his story was untrue.  Filing a false…

Kansas Should Embrace Asset Forfeiture Reform

Currie Myers | February 13, 2019
In 2018, Kansas was able to take a first step toward having better controls over asset forfeiture by passing a law that mandates greater transparency over assets seized by…

Pretrial Justice in Tennessee

Julie Warren | February 13, 2019
We are all familiar with the tenet that every defendant is innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. Americans may not be well versed in the myriad protocols…

The Promising Fruits of Louisiana’s Justice Reinvestment Initiative

Scott Peyton | February 12, 2019
On November 1, 2017, as a part of the criminal justice reforms passed by the legislature that year, nearly 2,000 individuals were to be released from Louisiana correctional facilities.…

Right on Crime Partners with the Pelican Institute to Offer Louisiana Public Safety and Criminal Justice Reform Solutions

Right on Crime | February 12, 2019
Solutions would build on successes of 2017 state reforms and offer insights into new policy needs Please click to view the issue solutions papers regarding mens rea and civil asset forfeiture from Right…

The FBI’s Misuse of Police Tactics in the Stone Arrest

Currie Myers | February 1, 2019
“The street was dark when the tactical response team, donning shoulder weapons, body armor and fatigues, began banging on the home’s entrance, yelling, “FBI! Open the door.” On January…

The Police Union

Randy Petersen | January 31, 2019
The police are an integral part of our communities, representing what many consider to be one of few legitimate roles of government: protecting rights and ensuring liberty through the…

Justice Reinvestment and Second Chances in Louisiana

Scott Peyton | January 28, 2019
If ACT 277of the Justice Reinvestment Initiative (JRI) Legislation from 2017 had a face, it would be that of Roderick Thomas. ACT 277 ensures that most people sentenced to life as…

Commission to Study and Review Certain Penal Laws in Texas

Right on Crime | January 18, 2019
“The Texas occupational licensure regime, predominantly impeding Texans of modest means, can seem a hodge-podge of disjointed, logic-defying irrationalities, where the burdens imposed seem almost farcical, forcing many lower-income…

Let’s Reconsider Traffic Enforcement

Randy Petersen | January 17, 2019
Traffic enforcement is a hoax.  There, I said it.  Well, maybe it is not a hoax—we do actually do it after all—but it is not what it appears to be.  It is a…

Our Lady of Prompt Succor and Criminal Justice Reform

Scott Peyton | January 8, 2019
The preamble to the Louisiana Constitution reads: “We, the people of Louisiana, grateful to Almighty God for the civil, political, economic, and religious liberties we enjoy, and desiring to protect…

Congress Passes Landmark Criminal Justice Reform Bill

Right on Crime | December 20, 2018
First Step Act Is Biggest Federal Criminal Justice Reform in Decades Washington, DC — Today, the U.S. House of Representatives voted 358 to 36 to pass the revised version of…

Rethinking Pretrial Justice in the Pelican State

Scott Peyton | December 19, 2018
Louisiana recently shed the title of having the highest incarceration rate in the country, and now it is time to take a look at the state of pretrial detention…

Right on Crime Applauds Senate Passage of Landmark Criminal Justice Reform

Right on Crime | December 18, 2018
First Step Act Would Usher In Biggest Federal Criminal Justice Reform in Decades Washington, DC — Today, the U.S. Senate passed the First Step Act by a vote of…

Judge Scott Schlegel – A Legal Rebel With A Cause

Elain Ellerbe | December 18, 2018
In the 24th Judicial District located in Jefferson Parish, Louisiana, Judge Scott Schlegel created and presides over one of the most progressive and innovative criminal courts—though Judge Schlegel is quick…

Right on Crime Commends Leader McConnell for Taking up the First Step Act

Right on Crime | December 11, 2018
First Step Act Would Bring About Biggest Federal Criminal Justice Reform in Decades Washington, DC — Today, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced that he will bring the First…

No Need to Wait, Law Enforcement Already Supports First Step Act

Randy Petersen | December 7, 2018
The First Step Act is coming up against the clock.  For everyone observing its evolution into the largest criminal justice reform package in a generation and its growing bipartisan…

There’s No Confusion Here

Right on Crime | December 4, 2018
This blog post, co-written by Joe Luppino-Esposito of the Due Process Institute and John Koufos of Right on Crime, originally appeared at the Due Process Institute blog on Dec.…

Prison Reform: Major Achievement for President Trump

Right on Crime | November 19, 2018
This commentary, written by our signatory Ken Blackwell, originally appeared at Townhall on Nov. 18, 2018. The FIRST STEP Act is the beginning of a transformation of America’s federal…

Partners in Hope: A Journey of Second Chances

Right on Crime | November 15, 2018
This post originally appeared as a press release at the Badger Institute, our SPN partner in Wisconsin, on November 14, 2018. Imagine a prisoner reentry program where the mentors…

Right on Crime Applauds President Trump for Supporting Meaningful Prison Reform

Right on Crime | November 14, 2018
Washington, DC — Today, President Donald J. Trump expressed his support for the seminal prison reform legislation, the First Step Act. If passed, it would increase public safety, provide…

Now Is the Time to Pass “First Step Act”

Right on Crime | November 12, 2018
This commentary, written by our signatory J.C. Watts, originally appeared at The Oklahoman on November 11, 2018. You would expect that in the face of midterm elections, the Brett Kavanaugh…

Florida Bar Pretrial Panel Update

Chelsea Murphy | November 9, 2018
The Florida Bar’s first-ever Criminal Justice Summit brought together a diverse group of leaders to provide in-depth education and discussion on key criminal justice issues. Attendees shared ideas and…

“Just Do Your Job” Means Something Different for Police Officers

Randy Petersen | November 9, 2018
Sergeant Ron Helus arrived at the scene of an active shooter in Thousand Oaks, California within three minutes of receiving calls for help and did what he was trained…

Right on Crime Welcomes New Louisiana State Director Scott Peyton

Scott Peyton | November 8, 2018
Probation and parole officers are on the front lines of criminal justice reforms. They are required to wear many hats and are faced with mounds of paperwork and large…

In Louisiana, A New Voter-Approved Initiative Requires Unanimous Juries in Criminal Trials

Scott Peyton | November 7, 2018
Last weekend we turned our clocks back one hour.  We moved back in time for a brief moment.  Today, in Louisiana, we have moved our “clocks” forward to a…

When Mental Health Problems Become Criminal

Thomas Lyons | November 7, 2018
Recently, the leaders of the criminal justice system in La Crosse County got together to discuss the impact of untreated mental health on the local court system.  Startled by…

Police Unions and Police Are Often At Odds, On Politics and On Other Issues

Right on Crime | November 6, 2018
This commentary, written by Right on Crime signatory Bernard Kerik, originally appeared in the Washington Examiner on Nov. 6, 2018.   It’s hard to find a more awkward relationship between…

Apply Now: Web Writer and Social Media Manager

Right on Crime | October 24, 2018
Right on Crime is looking for a web writer and social media manager to join their team in Austin, Texas. Description: The Web Writer and Social Media Manager will…

Justice demands passage of First Step bill to rehabilitate lives

Right on Crime | October 22, 2018
This article by Right on Crime signatory Rebecca Hagelin originally appeared in Washington Times October 21, 2018. For only a few hours each month, she gets to be a…

Why Halloween is especially scary in some Virginia cities

Katie Greer | October 19, 2018
This article by Katie Greer originally appeared in Washington Post October 19, 2018. Fall: That time of year when Americans race down the aisles to snag all things pumpkin…

Innocent Mississippians shouldn’t have to worry about having their cash or property taken

Katie Greer | October 19, 2018
Mississippi has repeatedly made headlines for reining in civil asset forfeiture, a practice that allows government agencies to take cash or property from citizens under mere suspicion. Despite efforts…

In the Trenches of Reentry

Elain Ellerbe | October 16, 2018
Over the 25 years of my work with incarcerated individuals and their families, I have had the great pleasure and honor to run into a number of what I…

Scenes of Halloween in Chesapeake, Va.

Michael Haugen | October 11, 2018
Oct. 31, 8:01 p.m.   A high, clear shriek rends the stillness of the night, as a chill wind settles over Dunning Lane. Though an occasional wail is to…

Two thumbs up: Not an ordinary night at the movies

Kurt Altman | October 11, 2018
Picture this: It’s 5:45 on a Wednesday night.  Catering and bar service are in place.  Students, professionals, and community members are cautiously entering the building to make sure they…

The untimely death of due process

Currie Myers | October 10, 2018
Since the founding of our great nation and the development of our Constitution and Bill of Rights, Americans have been protected by due process.  The purpose of due process…

Right on Crime discusses criminal justice reform with Microsoft

Right on Crime | October 10, 2018
This blog by Nick Haydon was originally published by the Texas Public Policy Foundation October 10, 2018. On October 5th, The Texas Public Policy Foundation (TPPF) and its Right…

Costs continue to rise

Katie Greer | October 2, 2018
Andrew Speno, Right on Crime’s state director for Oklahoma, talked to KOCO channel 5 News about the state’s bulging prison population and the fiscal crisis it presents. The corrections…

Arizona is filling its prisons with ‘folks we’re just mad at’

Right on Crime | September 28, 2018
This article by Pat Nolan, the director of the American Conservative Union Foundation Center for Criminal Justice Reform and a Right on Crime signatory, originally appeared in Arizona Capitol…

Employment is a crucial step after release from incarceration

Elain Ellerbe | September 25, 2018
It should come as no surprise that obtaining a job after incarceration is extremely important to the overall success of an individual returning home after prison.  Getting a job…

The conservative voice for criminal justice reform grows

Thomas Lyons | September 24, 2018
Like too many states, Wisconsin is facing a dual problem of overcrowded and aging correctional institutions combined with a failing prison system.  The issue has made many headlines over…

Voters Support Criminal Justice Reform

Right on Crime | September 21, 2018
Recent polls reveal a majority of both GOP and Democrat voters support a variety of criminal justice reform measures. You can download the presentation here or click through the slides…

Tulsa County sees success in criminal justice reforms after one year

Joe Griffin | September 21, 2018
Despite a series of reforms passed by the legislature, Oklahoma remains a negative example to rest of the nation for the perils of over-incarceration. This week, however, the Tulsa…

Sentencing reform is critical for youth in the justice system

Marc Levin | September 17, 2018
This article by Marc Levin and Jody Kent Lavy, executive director of the Campaign for the Fair Sentencing of Youth, originally appeared in The Hill September 16, 2018. As states…

Being Right on Bail

Julie Warren | September 13, 2018
Across the country, lawmakers have undertaken a critical examination of their state’s pretrial justice system, particularly where cash bail is concerned.  Kentucky has led on this issue for decades,…

Former NYC police commissioner’s journey from 9/11 to prison reform

Katie Greer | September 12, 2018
Public safety is on the minds of many Americans throughout September as they reflect on the most horrific terrorist attack on our nation’s soil. Thousands of lives were lost…

From Tax Burdens to Taxpayer—Hiring the previously incarcerated is Right on Crime

Elain Ellerbe | September 12, 2018
With the completion of the Louisiana-centric Employer Handbook, Right on Crime will embark on a series of regional Employer Summits in the Fall to educate and inform employers across…

Bail reform is a good thing but California went too far

Michael Haugen | September 10, 2018
This article by Michael Haugen originally appeared in Dallas Morning News September 9, 2018. There has been a long-running comparison between California and Texas as to which of the…

Louisiana’s criminal justice reforms are working

Elain Ellerbe | September 7, 2018
This article by Elain Ellerbe originally appeared in Shreveport Times September 7, 2018. In 2017, Louisiana’s criminal justice system took a turn for the better. Realizing that Louisiana’s largest…

Right on Crime Applauds Michigan Governor for Reducing Barriers to Reentry

Right on Crime | September 7, 2018
Austin, TX — Today, Michigan Governor Rick Snyder will sign an executive directive to prevent state departments from using a check box on job applications to ask applicants if…

Advocates Recognize Officials for Ending Administrative Forfeiture in Mississippi

Right on Crime | September 5, 2018
Governor Bryant, Lieutenant Governor Reeves, and Speaker Gunn, We would like to congratulate and recognize the state of Mississippi for being a leader in reforming civil asset forfeiture. We…

Mike Huckabee: Cotton is wrong

Right on Crime | September 4, 2018
This article by former Arkansas Governor and Right on Crime signatory Mike Huckabee originally appeared in the Arkansas Democrat Gazette September 1, 2018. In 2014, I endorsed then-Representative Tom…

Oklahoma Pardon & Parole Board reviews cases for commutation

Andrew Speno | August 30, 2018
Photo by The Oklahoman  The systemic problems contributing to Oklahoma’s bloated prison population are complex and multifaceted. There is no simple solution. But Oklahoma’s Pardon & Parole Board made…

Watch: Right on Crime Director Derek Cohen on Texas’ Criminal Justice Overhaul

Katie Greer | August 28, 2018
Right on Crime Director Derek Cohen walked through the history of Texas’ criminal justice overhaul with Judy Maggio of KLRU. The Lone Star State has been called the birthplace…

Conservatives send letter to President Trump in support of FIRST STEP Act

Right on Crime | August 22, 2018
Download the letter here. Dear Mr. President: We write to thank you for your support of the Formerly Incarcerated Reenter Society Transformed Safely Transitioning Every Person (FIRST STEP) Act,…

Do ex-cons ever really finish serving their debt to society?

Currie Myers | August 22, 2018
Photo by Rich Pedroncelli Over the past two months there have been some exciting movements in the right direction regarding prison reform. But in America, overcoming the stigma of prison…

Why It’s Not ‘Soft On Crime’ to Support Criminal Justice Reform

Right on Crime | August 21, 2018
This article by former U.S. Attorney (UT) and Right on Crime signatory Brett Tolman was co-authored by Heritage Foundation’s John G. Malcolm and originally appeared in the Daily Signal August…

U.S. Sen. John Kennedy’s criminal justice reform critique to Trump filled with errors

Right on Crime | August 21, 2018
This article by Right on Crime signatories  James M. Lapeyre Jr. of Smart on Crime Louisiana and Daniel J. Erspamer of the Pelican Institute for Public Policy originally appeared in…

Act on House justice reform bill

Right on Crime | August 20, 2018
This article former U.S. Senator and Right on Crime signatory Jim DeMint originally appeared in Quad-City Times August 19, 2018. Since the resignation of Justice Anthony Kennedy from the…

Setting the Record Straight

Derek M. Cohen | August 17, 2018
In a recent op-ed published in Wall Street Journal Senator Tom Cotton (R-AR) recognized the need for federal prison reform but cautioned against sentencing provisions that have been discussed in…

In upholding the law, policy is more important than discretion

Randy Petersen | August 16, 2018
This article by Randy Petersen originally appeared in Daily Caller August 16, 2018. When a Michigan police officer arrested an 80-year-old woman for possession of marijuana with an expired…

The Church should push federal criminal justice reform bill to the finish line

Right on Crime | August 13, 2018
This article by Craig DeRoche,  senior vice president of advocacy and public policy at Prison Fellowship and Right on Crime signatory, originally appeared in Christian Post August 10, 2018. President Donald Trump…

FIRST STEP Act is smart legislation — perfect for prison reform

Right on Crime | August 13, 2018
This article by Tim Head, executive director of the Faith & Freedom Coalition and a signatory to the Right on Crime Statement of Principles, originally appeared in The Hill…

Trump continues push for safe streets and second chances

Katie Greer | August 10, 2018
Federal prison reform has received mounting support from President Donald Trump since initial meetings at the White House last September. For nearly a year, the President has urged Congress…

Vocational training programs can fill labor gaps

Thomas Lyons | August 9, 2018
Wisconsin is confronting a skilled labor shortage and a state prison system operating above capacity.  Neither of these problems have popped up overnight.  The causes of these two phenomena…

From Tax Burdens to Tax Payers: A Handbook for Employers

Right on Crime | August 8, 2018
One of the hardest obstacles to overcome when a previously incarcerated person reenters society is the reluctance of employers to hire someone with a criminal background. Right on Crime…

Right on Crime Applauds Gov. Abbott’s Bail Reform Proposal

Right on Crime | August 7, 2018
AUSTIN, TX – The Texas Public Policy Foundation’s Vice President of Criminal Justice and Right on Crime initiative Marc Levin issued the following statement on Texas Governor Abbott’s call for…

First Step legislation will help people go from prison to paycheck

Right on Crime | July 31, 2018
This article by former Governor of Arkansas and Right on Crime signatory Mike Huckabee originally appeared in Des Moines Register July 31, 2018. Criminal justice reform is an issue…

Reducing the prison population is a bipartisan goal

Right on Crime | July 30, 2018
This article by Right on Crime signatory and co-founder of the Deason Criminal Justice Reform Center at Southern Methodist University Doug Deason originally appeared in Dallas Morning News July 28th 2018.…

Texas Legislature could restore justice through Grand Jury reform

Daniel Moore | July 30, 2018
During the 2015 legislative session, Texas lawmakers made some changes to the State’s grand jury system. A major change included ending the controversial “pick-a-pal” system, which was criticized for…

Give a Straw, Go to Jail–How plastic straws are becoming criminal

Chuck DeVore | July 25, 2018
This article by Chuck DeVore originally appeared in Forbes July 25, 2018.   First they came for the New York muck, and I did not speak out—because I am not…

Fines meant to help enforce laws hits low-income workers the hardest

Thomas Lyons | July 24, 2018
This article by Tom Lyons originally appeared in The Daily Caller July 24, 2018. Most people agree that paying a fine is a preferable punishment compared to incarceration or…

Sunshine and Seashells, Mollusks and Mens Rea

Michael Haugen | July 23, 2018
Collecting seashells that are strewn across thousands of miles of America’s shorelines may be a pastime for many beachgoers, but a recent incident out of Florida highlights that the…

Louisiana justice reinvestment funding now available

Elain Ellerbe | July 20, 2018
Photo by Brett Duke, Nola.com As a member of the Governor’s Justice Reinvestment Oversight Council, I attended the community Request for Proposal (RFP) information meeting held by the Louisiana Department…

Why faith should lead us on criminal justice reform

Greg Glod | July 20, 2018
This article by Greg Glod originally appeared at The Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission July 20, 2018. My grandmother on my mother’s side was born on Zakynthos, a small…

Facing facts and correcting myths about Senate Bill 91

Marc Levin | July 17, 2018
This article by Marc Levin originally appeared in Anchorage Daily News July 16th, 2018. Passing criminal justice reform is a bit like painting a house: Sometimes, another coat or…

Federal court rules in favor of bail reform

Katie Greer | July 13, 2018
A federal court’s recent ruling in favor of New Jersey’s cash bail reform should embolden lawmakers’ efforts to re-center their criminal justice systems on public safety. U.S. Third Circuit…

Money should not come before safety

Julie Warren | July 9, 2018
This blog by Julie Warren was originally published by the Beacon Center July 9th, 2018. The principle of innocent until proven guilty is a bedrock of America’s criminal justice…

Texas Senators should follow lead of state’s criminal justice successes

Right on Crime | July 6, 2018
This article by Right on Crime signatories, former Texas State Rep. Jerry Madden and Deason Capital Services President Doug Deason, originally appeared in the Houston Chronicle July 6th, 2018.…

Watch: John Koufos shares story of paying debt to society and working to make communities safe

Katie Greer | July 6, 2018
Right on Crime’s National Director of Reentry Initiatives John Koufos shared his story of how he became dedicated to prison reform on Freedom to Flourish. Koufos was a thriving…

Too many American dreams are stolen by civil asset forfeiture

Katie Greer | July 3, 2018
(Photo by Institute for Justice) People come to the United States to build a better life. A large part of that is the opportunity to earn a living in…

In rural areas, jail populations are skyrocketing — including pretrial detainees

Michael Haugen | July 3, 2018
This article by Michael Haugen originally appeared in National Review July 3rd, 2018.   Although never explicitly codified in the Constitution, the axiom that a person is considered innocent…

Louisiana’s new incarceration ranking should not be taken lightly or for granted

Elain Ellerbe | June 28, 2018
According to a new report by the Prison Policy Initiative, Oklahoma has now surpassed Louisiana as the largest incarcerator in the United States by rate. Louisiana’s fall in the…

Iowa Supreme Court rules in favor of property owner’s rights in major civil asset forfeiture case

Greg Glod | June 25, 2018
This blog by Greg Glod originally appeared at the Federalist Society June 23rd, 2018. On May 25, the Iowa Supreme Court issued an opinion in the case In the Matter…

It’s time for the government to get off taxpayers’ lawns

Katie Greer | June 22, 2018
This article by Katie Greer originally appeared in The Hill June 21st, 2018. Owning a home is a cornerstone of the American dream. Homeownership can feel extremely freeing and…

A rare chance for Congress to bring real reform and make our communities safer

Right on Crime | June 20, 2018
This article by Ken Cuccinelli, former Virginia Attorney General and signatory to Right on Crime’s statement of principles, originally appeared in Fox News June 20th, 2018. The desire for…

Juvenile justice still isn’t in Louisiana

Elain Ellerbe | June 20, 2018
Photo credit: Matthew Hinton of The Advocate  Long before Louisiana dived into reforming its criminal justice system lawmakers restructured the state’s juvenile system with the passage of the Juvenile…

Rural America isn’t exactly the most ‘free’

Katie Greer | June 19, 2018
Rural areas carry a sense of freedom that’s distinct from the city life. People typically move to the outskirts to get away from urban environments where curtains and walls…

Mitch McConnell has a chance to reduce the cycle of crime

Right on Crime | June 18, 2018
This article by Rebecca Hagelin, Right on Crime signatory and member of the Executive Committee of the Council for National Policy, originally appeared in Washington Times June 18th, 2018.…

Father’s Day in prison separates families — Let’s remember them

Right on Crime | June 18, 2018
This article by Pat Nolan, director of the Center for Criminal Justice Reform at the American Conservative Union Foundation and Right on Crime signatory, originally appeared in FOX News,…

Oklahoma is officially number one

Andrew Speno | June 13, 2018
Photo credit: Tom Luker/Tulsa World As Oklahomans, we are accustomed to bracing ourselves for the worst whenever a new list of state rankings comes out.  But our newest claim…

Cash Bail: Putting a Price on Freedom

Elain Ellerbe | June 13, 2018
Across the U.S. presently, several states are tackling controversial issues related to their bail systems.  Right on Crime has advocated for reforms to the bail system that would tie…

Criminal justice experts weigh in on potential GOP party platform planks

Katie Greer | June 11, 2018
The Texas Republican Party is considering a number of potential platform planks involving criminal justice reform. Just Liberty’s Scott Henson spoke with Right on Crime Director Derek Cohen, and…

Now hiring! Join Right on Crime

Right on Crime | June 7, 2018
  Right on Crime is expanding, and there has truly never been a more exciting time to join our team. As a national initiative of the Texas Public Policy…

America’s sheriffs should support the FIRST STEP Act

Currie Myers | June 7, 2018
This article by retired sheriff Currie Myers originally appeared in Real Clear Policy June 7th, 2018. The FIRST STEP Act (H.R. 5682) was passed by the House of Representatives…

Mental illness should not be a crime

Elain Ellerbe | June 6, 2018
A recent exposé by Reuters on inmate deaths at the East Baton Rouge Parish (EBR) Jail comes as no surprise to this life-long resident of the parish.  For many…

Fund courts properly to avoid burden on taxpayers

Elain Ellerbe | June 5, 2018
This article by Elain Ellerbe originally appeared in The Advocate June 4th, 2018. In the Legislature’s last session, House Bill 249 passed that allows judges to waive or provide…

Don’t kick the can down the road on prison reform — now is the time for change

Right on Crime | June 1, 2018
This article by Former New York City Police Commissioner and Right on Crime Signatory Bernard Kerik originally appeared in The Hill June 1st, 2018. Last week, as Washington focused…

Open Roads and Overflowing Jails: Addressing High Rates of Rural Pretrial Incarceration

Right on Crime | May 31, 2018
The decades-long growth in rural pretrial incarceration has taken a toll on taxpayers and individual liberties. The latest research by Marc Levin and Michael Haugen unveils growth contributors and…

Podcast: Derek Cohen on ‘the FIRST STEP Act’ and the Texas roots of criminal justice reform

Katie Greer | May 30, 2018
The U.S. House passed prison reform legislation, the FIRST STEP Act, less than a week after a bunch of conservatives gathered to talk about criminal justice reform at the…

Prison reform is worth fighting for in the Senate

Derek M. Cohen | May 29, 2018
This article by Derek Cohen originally appeared in The Hill May 27th, 2018. On Tuesday, the vast majority of U.S. House members put families and communities ahead of political…

Right on Crime Applauds House Passage of FIRST STEP Act

Right on Crime | May 22, 2018
Austin, TX — The U.S. House of Representatives today overwhelmingly passed the Formerly Incarcerated Reenter Society Transformed Safely Transitioning Every Person Act (H.R. 5682) by a vote of 360-59. …

Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion (LEAD) Program promotes safety

Currie Myers | May 21, 2018
Ask any sheriff about the issues associated with jail management and you’ll learn about four major issues: safety of the facility, special needs housing, rising costs of psychotropic medicines,…

President Trump urges Congress to pass prison reform at White House summit

Katie Greer | May 18, 2018
President Trump signaled that he would sign prison reform legislation if Congress sends it to his desk during Friday’s White House Prison Reform Summit: “My administration strongly supports these…

Right on Crime praises White House for championing prison reform

Right on Crime | May 18, 2018
Austin, TX — Today, The White House hosted a prison reform summit, bringing together leaders from across the country in the prison reform movement for a conversation about the…

Van Jones and Jared Kushner Walked into a bar…

Right on Crime | May 18, 2018
This article by Americans for Tax Reform president and Right on Crime signatory Grover Norquist originally appeared in OZY May 18th, 2018. There are a whopping 2.2 million American…

Take the first step on evidence-based criminal justice reform

Right on Crime | May 17, 2018
This article by FreedomWorks President and Right on Crime Signatory Adam Brandon originally appeared in The Hill May 17th, 2018. After years of talking about reforming the federal prison system,…

Not everyone gets to be a police officer

Randy Petersen | May 16, 2018
This article by Randy Petersen originally appeared in the Austin American-Statesman May 16th, 2018. There were some startling accusations about the Austin Police Academy in a recent article. The…

Washington could take a lesson from Texas on prison reform

Marc Levin | May 16, 2018
This article by Marc Levin originally appeared in Dallas Morning News May 15th, 2018. Texans can teach Washington, D.C., a few lessons when it comes to barbecue, balanced budgets…

Penny Nance: We must do more to help mothers who are incarcerated — Here’s how

Right on Crime | May 13, 2018
This article by Concerned Women for America CEO and Right on Crime Signatory Penny Nance originally appeared in Fox News May 12th, 2018.   As both a president of…

Right on Crime Statement on Judiciary Committee Passage of First Step Act

Right on Crime | May 9, 2018
Austin, TX — The House Judiciary Committee today approved by a vote of 25-5 the Formerly Incarcerated Reenter Society Transformed Safely Transitioning Every Person Act (H.R. 5682).  Sponsored by…

Police training is tough for a reason

Randy Petersen | May 9, 2018
The Austin Police Academy was recently accused of being too aggressive in its training tactics with new recruits.  Several allegations were made by cadets who were unable to complete…

Tennessee’s Juvenile Justice Reform Act of 2018 sets the stage for sweeping reform in the future

Julie Warren | May 7, 2018
The 110th General Assembly of the Tennessee Legislature just wrapped up. There were a number of steps taken toward meaningful justice reform. The most notable reform—in my view—is the…

Proposed prison reform act will provide ex-offenders better opportunities

Right on Crime | May 7, 2018
This article by executive director of the Faith & Freedom Coalition and Right on Crime signatory Tim Head originally appeared in The Hill May 7th, 2018. Six million, seven hundred…

Unanimous juries bill sends a powerful message

Elain Ellerbe | May 7, 2018
Stephanie Grace, a columnist for the Advocate states in her recent op-ed that “there is something awfully powerful about unanimity”.  This is especially true when a large, diverse, bi-partisan…

A new hypocrisy for the left on criminal justice

Right on Crime | May 4, 2018
This article by Lieutenant Colonel Allen West, former congressman and a current senior fellow at the Texas Public Policy Foundation, was originally published by the National Review May 4th,…

Texas Republican voters support criminal justice reform

Katie Greer | May 1, 2018
GOP primary voters support a number of criminal justice reforms according to recent polling data. The poll, commissioned by the Texas Smart-On-Crime Coalition, surveyed more than 600 Texas Republican…

Lawmakers must set differences aside to help Trump with prison reform

Right on Crime | April 30, 2018
This article by Right on Crime signatory and member of the Executive Committee of the Council for National Policy Rebecca Hagelin originally appeared in The Washington Times April 29th, 2018.…

Wisconsin enacts asset forfeiture reform

Thomas Lyons | April 30, 2018
Governor Walker signed into law a large overhaul of the state’s use of civil asset forfeiture.  The overall effect of Act 211 is a greater protection for individual property…

Prisoners who pay their debts to society deserve a second chance to have normal, crime-free lives

Right on Crime | April 27, 2018
This article by Right on Crime signatory and former Attorney General of Virginia Ken Cuccinelli originally appeared in the Daily Caller April 27th, 2018. In a rare occurrence, Easter…

Right on Crime Thanks Oklahoma Legislators for Sending Reform to Governor’s Desk

Right on Crime | April 26, 2018
Austin, TX — On Tuesday, the Oklahoma legislature held final votes in each chamber to send all seven criminal justice reform bills to Governor Fallin that came from the…

Right on Crime’s Statement on Delay of Prison Reform Vote

Right on Crime | April 26, 2018
Austin, TX — The House Judiciary Committee postponed yesterday’s scheduled markup of The Prison Reform and Redemption Act (H.R. 3356), which would provide reentry programming to help reduce recidivism,…

Criminal justice reform headed to Oklahoma Governor’s desk

Andrew Speno | April 25, 2018
This week, Oklahoma took a major leap forward when seven bills crafted from Governor Fallin’s Task Force recommendations passed the House and Senate floors. These seven bills specifically target…

Prison Reform and Redemption Act offers hope for former prisoners

Right on Crime | April 23, 2018
This article by Right on Crime signatory and member of the Executive Committee of the Council for National Policy, Rebecca Hagelin, originally appeared in The Washington Times April 22nd, 2018. …

Justice system should follow Christian principles

Right on Crime | April 20, 2018
This article by Right on Crime signatory and executive director of the Faith and Freedom Coalition, Timothy Head, originally appeared in The Columbus Dispatch April 20th, 2018. The Faith and…

Rethinking how jails work around rural America

Marc Levin | April 20, 2018
This article by Marc Levin originally appeared in The Hill April 20th, 2018. When most of us think of rural areas, we conjure up bucolic images of the countryside…

Federal Prison Reform

Right on Crime | April 19, 2018
This article by Right on Crime signatory and vice president for advocacy and public policy for the Prison Fellowship, Craig Deroche, originally appeared in the The New York Times April…

It’s Time to Fix Our Broken Prison System

Right on Crime | April 18, 2018
This article by Right on Crime signatory Newt Gingrich and marketing director and project coordinator for Gingrich Productions, Audrey Bird, was published by Fox News April 20th 2018.  How big…

Raising the age is conservative reform

Right on Crime | April 11, 2018
This article by Right on Crime signatory and director of the National Juvenile Justice Prosecution Center, Susan Broderick, originally appeared in The Post and Courier April 6th 2018. In…

Support crime victims with real solutions

Katie Greer | April 10, 2018
The criminal justice system exists to uphold public safety. A large part of that responsibility includes delivering justice to victims. However, what that looks like can vary from state…

Criminal justice reform bills stalled in Oklahoma

Andrew Speno | April 10, 2018
The Teachers’ Union walkout at the Oklahoma State Capitol has eclipsed all other pressing policy issues, so the progress we expected by now on our criminal justice reform bills…

How Texas is moving to end debtors’ prisons

Katie Greer | April 9, 2018
This article by Katie Greer originally appeared in the Washington Examiner April 9th, 2018.   A Texas mom, Valerie Gonzales, was thrown in jail because she couldn’t afford the…

This bill can save Mississippi big time

Katie Greer | April 6, 2018
Being born in Texas and raised in Mississippi, I never know how to answer the question, “Where are you from?” Answering anything but “Texas” in the Lone Star State…

The White House aims to fix the big house

Marc Levin | April 2, 2018
This article by Marc Levin originally appeared in The Hill March 30th, 2018. President Trump and his senior advisor Jared Kushner have spent their lives beneath the glare of the bright lights…

The public safety benefits of redemption

Julie Warren | March 29, 2018
Opponents to re-entry reforms, particularly those reforms that would expand access to employment, invoke the argument that any redemption extended to an ex-offender is insensitive to victims. Many of…

People complaining about police in Parkland need to celebrate the hero cops in Austin

Randy Petersen | March 29, 2018
This article by Randy Petersen was originally published by the Daily Caller March 29th, 2018. If the shooting in Parkland, Florida was a call for us to consider the sometimes…

Did poor school discipline policy help cause Parkland?

Haley Holik | March 26, 2018
This article by Haley Holik was originally published by Washington Examiner March 25th, 2018. Reports have surfaced that, despite a history of violent outbursts and assaults, the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School…

Keep the sun shining in the Sunshine State

Chelsea Murphy | March 21, 2018
Florida is all about sunshine and striving to make government as transparent as possible. What better way to continue that legacy than criminal justice data transparency. Florida’s criminal justice…

Drug-free school zones costly, ineffective

Julie Warren | March 19, 2018
This article by Julie Warren and Lauren Krisai of Justice Action Network was originally published by Commercial Appeal, March 13th, 2018. Tennessee’s criminal justice system is not short on…

Right on Crime applauds Mississippi Legislature for passing criminal justice reform

Right on Crime | March 16, 2018
Austin, TX – Right on Crime applauds the Mississippi legislature for sending meaningful criminal justice reform to Governor Phil Bryant’s desk. This legislation helps make Mississippians safer while also…

Less is more when it comes to putting people in jail

Kurt Altman | March 16, 2018
This article by Kurt Altman originally appeared in Arizona Capitol Times, March 16th, 2018. As someone who has lived in Phoenix since the early 1990s, I have always had…

My Voice: SB73 made ‘lemonade out of lemons’

Marc Levin | March 16, 2018
This article by Marc Levin and President of the Great Plains Public Policy Institute, Ron Williamson, originally appeared in Argus Leader, March 16th, 2018. Governors from the around the…

Christians should want better results out of the criminal justice system

Katie Greer | March 14, 2018
Right on Crime’s Manager of State Initiatives, Greg Glod, spoke to ERLC about how he came to support conservative criminal justice reform. He says that the idea of “lock…

Dismissed cases should not be on your record forever

Thomas Lyons | March 14, 2018
Let’s say twenty five years ago, you and your freshman college roommate are riding in his car when an officer decides to stop the vehicle.  The officer discovers a…

Our police need better training. Florida school shooting failures make this more imperative.

Randy Petersen | March 13, 2018
This article by Randy Petersen originally appeared in Fox News March 13th, 2018. The 24-hour news cycle provides no shortage of incidents that illustrate the need for police reforms…

There is room for additional reforms in Louisiana, but is there political will?

Elain Ellerbe | March 8, 2018
The 2018 Regular Legislative Session, as required by the Louisiana Constitution, will be a general session meaning no fiscal or tax measures can be considered.  The non-fiscal session is…

Bills promote recovery, rehabilitation over jail

John Koufos | March 8, 2018
This article by John Koufos originally appeared in the Clarion Ledger March 7th, 2018.  When I was invited to Mississippi to meet with policy leaders and discuss productive ways…

Why are unruly kids going into the juvenile justice system, and why am I paying for it?

Julie Warren | March 7, 2018
The Joint Ad-Hoc Blue Ribbon Task Force on Juvenile Justice raised issues related to the significant number of kids being removed from their homes for unruly or minor delinquent…

When it comes to juvenile justice, family involvement is best for kids and communities

Haley Holik | March 5, 2018
This article by Haley Holik originally appeared in TribTalk, March 5th, 2018.   Gov. Greg Abbott recently called for significant changes to the Texas Juvenile Justice Department, noting the agency faces…

Members named to the Governor’s Justice Reinvestment Oversight Council

Elain Ellerbe | March 5, 2018
At the end of 2017, Governor John Bel Edwards issued an Executive Order establishing the Governor’s Justice Reinvestment Oversight Council.  The 11 council members were recently named.  I am…

How Jim DeMint wants SC lawmakers to redefine ‘tough on crime’

Right on Crime | March 2, 2018
This article by former Former South Carolina Senator and Right on Crime Signatory, Jim DeMint, originally appeared in The State, March 2nd, 2018.   The core of conservatism is the…

The White House pushes for more work programs in prisons

Katie Greer | February 28, 2018
The White House gave lawmakers the go ahead on legislative efforts to strengthen reentry programs for prisoners. The Trump administration made recommendations based on what has worked to reduce…

Criminal justice reform bill would stop jail revolving door

Marc Levin | February 26, 2018
This article by Marc Levin originally appeared in Clarion Ledger February 26th, 2018. Mississippi lawmakers have impressed conservative policy leaders around the country with their commitment to smart justice…

Taking a serious look at conservative policing reform

Randy Petersen | February 26, 2018
This article by Randy Petersen originally appeared in The Hill February 23rd, 2018. The modern flashpoint of police and community tensions might have been Ferguson, and a cluster of…

The Conservative Case for Policing Reforms

Randy Petersen | February 23, 2018
In this new report policing expert Randy Petersen outlines the conservative case for policing reforms. Having spent 21 years in law enforcement, Petersen introduces four recommended areas for reform.…

Oklahoma’s Misdemeanor Drug Courts Need Promotion

Andrew Speno | February 22, 2018
Are some prosecutors and defense lawyers under the mistaken impression drug courts are only available for defendants facing felony charges? Former State Rep. Ben Sherrer (D-Pryor), now a criminal…

Kentucky Must Now Address Its Prison Overcrowding Issues!

Julie Warren | February 22, 2018
Kentucky is seven weeks into its 2018 legislative session and there are numerous important issues that demand lawmakers’ attention.  Pensions and budgetary issues have, and will continue to consume…

Arizona is Making Sausage

Kurt Altman | February 20, 2018
I was told once that if you like the law and you like sausage, you should never experience the making of either.  I was told this at a cook…

Wisconsin Conservatives Work for Fair Employment

Thomas Lyons | February 19, 2018
Wisconsin’s Legislature is fast tracking legislation that reforms how regulatory agencies treat criminal convictions when applying for an occupational licenses.  I wrote previously about the many benefits of a good…

Trump and Kushner Will Enact Real Criminal Justice Reform

Right on Crime | February 14, 2018
This article by former New York City Police Commissioner and Right on Crime Signatory, Bernard Kerik, originally appeared in Newsmax February 14th, 2018. Until about four years ago, criminal…

Three Takeaways from Policy Orientation

Katie Greer | February 13, 2018
Texas’ success with criminal justice reform received several hat tips throughout Texas Public Policy Foundation’s 16th Annual Policy Orientation, February 7th – 9th. Right on Crime Signatory and former…

Yes, Trump is Embracing Criminal Justice Reform

Right on Crime | February 13, 2018
This article by Right on Crime Signatories Ken Blackwell and Ken Cuccinelli originally appeared in the Washington Examiner, February 12th, 2018. Throughout the last election cycle, there came fevered predictions from…

Ways to Help Failing Prison System

Right on Crime | February 8, 2018
This article by Right on Crime Signatory and President of Texas Public Policy Foundation, Brooke Rollins, and Chairman of Freedom Partners Chamber of Commerce, Mark Holden, originally appeared in…

Why Conservatives Should Support Juvenile Justice Reform

Right on Crime | February 6, 2018
This article by Right on Crime Signatory and former Arkansas Governor, Mike Huckabee,  originally appeared in AL.com on February 6th, 2018. As conservatives and people of faith, we know that…

Watch: Prison Reform Is a Conservative Issue

Katie Greer | February 6, 2018
Right on Crime Director Derek Cohen went on air with KXAN’s Josh Hinkle to discuss President Trump’s nod to prison reform in the State of the Union address: “As…

Here’s why Conservatives Should Support Criminal Justice Reform

Jerry Madden | February 6, 2018
This article by Right on Crime Senior Fellow and former Texas House Committee on Corrections Chairman, Jerry Madden, originally appeared in Fox News on February 4th, 2018.  Criminal justice reform may…

Don’t Derail Historic Criminal Justice Reforms

Elain Ellerbe | February 2, 2018
Once again Louisiana is facing some very hard decisions on how to fill the nearly billion-dollar shortfall that has been talked about since this time last year.  The fiscal…

Trump’s Conservative Approach to Criminal Justice Reform

Right on Crime | February 1, 2018
This article by Right on Crime Signatory and President of Texas Public Policy Foundation, Brooke Rollins, originally appeared in The Daily Signal on January 31st, 2018. Criminal justice reform throughout the…

Enact Criminal Justice Reform

Andrew Speno | February 1, 2018
This article by Andrew Speno originally appeared at Oklahoma Council of Public Affairs Leader on January 29th, 2018. Thailand is a third-world country notorious for human rights abuses and a corrupt criminal…

Tennessee Seeks to Incentivize Offenders’ Successful Completion of Substance Abuse Treatment

Julie Warren | January 31, 2018
The human toll of the opioid crisis in Tennessee has been devastating. The Tennessee Department of Health reports that in 2016, there were 1,631 fatal overdoses in Tennessee, which…

Right on Crime Praises President Trump for Commitment to Reforming Criminal Justice

Right on Crime | January 31, 2018
Florida Has Opportunity to Lead the Way for Criminal Justice Reform Tallahassee, Fla. – Right on Crime today issued the following statement, attributable to Chelsea Murphy, Right on Crime’s…

New Prisons Would Not Increase Public Safety

Andrew Speno | January 31, 2018
Oklahoma stands on the edge of an unprecedented budget crisis with a conservative predicted shortfall of $600 million going into the 2018 legislative session.  Programs and services are already…

The Solution to Pre-Trial Release: More Information, Please

Thomas Lyons | January 31, 2018
Determining bond and conditions of pre-trial release is a relatively simple, straightforward process in Wisconsin.  After arrest and a short meeting with an attorney, a magistrate will determine bail. …

There’s Good Opportunity to Use Alternatives for Nonviolent Offenders.

Julie Warren | January 31, 2018
“There’s good opportunity to use alternatives for nonviolent offenders.” These are the words of Tony Parker, Commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Corrections (TDOC), during his testimony before the…

Newt Gingrich: Opioid Deaths Are a Health Crisis — Treatment, Not Jail, is The Cure

Right on Crime | January 29, 2018
This article by Right on Crime Signatories, Newt Gingrich and Pat Nolan, originally appeared in Fox News on January 27, 2018.   About 91 Americans are expected to die today and…

Watch: Marc Levin on Pretrial Justice

Katie Greer | January 26, 2018
Marc Levin went live to discuss pretrial justice. He revealed that the U.S. spends $13.6 billion on pretrial incarceration. Levin said a common reason that some people are locked…

Data-Driven Reentry Initiative Tackles Recidivism

John Koufos | January 24, 2018
The United States spends roughly 80 billion dollars per year on its various federal, state and local, prison systems.  The return on that investment has been a recidivism rate…

16th Annual Policy Orientation – Austin, TX

Right on Crime | January 18, 2018
You’re invited to join the Right on Crime team at the Texas Public Policy Foundation’s 16th Annual Policy Orientation, which draws hundreds of legislators, legislative staff, and activists to…

Money Bail Recommendations for Kentucky

Julie Warren | January 17, 2018
In August 2017, Governor Bevin convened a reinvestment working group within the Criminal Justice Policy Assessment Council (CJPAC). He charged the group with “develop[ing] fiscally-sound, data driven criminal justice…

Prison Visits – When Technology is Not the Answer

Elain Ellerbe | January 17, 2018
In an article published in the Times Picayune, the newspaper reported on the decision of the Jefferson Parish Sheriff to stop all forms of face-to-face visits for offenders and…

More Criminal Justice Reform for Texas in 2018

Marc Levin | January 16, 2018
This article by Marc Levin originally appeared in Houston Chronicle on January 15th, 2018. As Texans seek to implement their New Year’s resolutions, a safer, more just society should be at the top…

Kentucky Cannot Afford Criminal Justice Reform Fatigue

Julie Warren | January 15, 2018
This article by Julie Warren originally appeared in Lexington Herald Leader on January 12th, 2018. Gov. Matt Bevin’s Justice Reinvestment Work Group announced last month that, without reform, the state’s prison population is…

Breakfast Briefing Kicks off Conversations for Reform in Arizona

Kurt Altman | January 12, 2018
Arizona legislative session opened Monday, January 8th but it really got moving today, January 11th, for criminal justice reforms in the state.  Right on Crime hosted a legislative briefing…

Civil Asset Forfeiture Compared to ‘Going Fishing’

Andrew Speno | January 12, 2018
“It’s really kind of like going fishing,” is how one Oklahoma District Attorney Council spokesman describes the civil asset forfeiture process. “There are times when you go fishing and…

Criminal Justice Reform Needs to be Led by Conservatives

Chelsea Murphy | January 12, 2018
Tuesday, January 9th, marked the start of the 2018 Florida Legislative Session and a chance for the Florida Legislature to make positive strides towards conservative criminal justice reform. There…

Trump Calls for Prison Reform

Katie Greer | January 11, 2018
President Trump gave a big nod to prison reform in his first State of the Union address, Tuesday, January 30th. “As America regains its strength, this opportunity must be…

Right on Crime Praises White House for Prison Reform Discussion

Right on Crime | January 10, 2018
Austin, TX — Tomorrow, the White House will hold a meeting with top conservative experts on criminal justice reform.  Brooke Rollins, President of the Texas Public Policy Foundation, home…

Enhancing Pretrial Justice in Alaska

Katie Greer | January 9, 2018
Alaska courts are officially embarking on a new pretrial justice model after overcoming a case of cold feet last Fall. The new model is a product of the state’s…

Revise Florida’s Unfair, Ineffective Mandatory Minimum Sentencing Laws

Right on Crime | January 9, 2018
This article by former Florida District Court of Appeal Judge and Right on Crime Signatory Simone Marstiller originally appeared in Miami Herald on January 8th, 2018. Having served as a judge on the First…

Sessions Returns to Rule of Law on Marijuana

Right on Crime | January 5, 2018
Attorney General Jeff Sessions terminated Erick Holder’s previous decision to allow states to ignore federal marijuana laws. Right on Crime Director, Dr. Derek Cohen, went on air with WMAL…

Drug Courts Cut Crime and Costs

Katie Greer | January 4, 2018
2017 marked a turning point for the United States. When President Trump declared the opioid crisis a national emergency, the federal government recognized what states such as Kentucky were…

Data Collection and Sharing is Necessary for Effective Juvenile Justice Reform in Tennessee

Julie Warren | January 3, 2018
A prosecutor from another state recently asked me about Tennessee’s recidivism rate for juvenile offenders, to which my answer was, “I don’t know.” To be fair, no one in…

Louisiana Court System Funding Needs Legislative Fix

Elain Ellerbe | January 2, 2018
In a recent op-ed, Louisiana Republican Representative Tanner Magee, who was a major champion of the historic criminal justice reforms passed during the 2017 session, frankly stated that Louisiana’s…

Limits on The American Dream in California

Katie Greer | December 21, 2017
Reading about dreams that were squashed by a government regulation is essentially Groundhog Day in California. A young man named Jonathan became a victim to overregulation when the Bay…

The Problems with Revocation Part 2:  The Hearing

Thomas Lyons | December 18, 2017
Taking away a person’s liberty is serious business.  Our common law, Constitution, and statutes set up a rigorous process designed to get to the truth of the matter and…

Right on Crime Praises Speaker Ryan for Commitment to Criminal Justice Reform

Right on Crime | December 15, 2017
Austin, TX — Right on Crime today praised House Speaker Paul Ryan for his commitment to passing criminal justice reform in 2018.  Several conservative criminal justice reform bills have…

A Dismal Christmas for Department of Corrections

Andrew Speno | December 15, 2017
Egregious overcrowding and decrepit facilities are converging upon Oklahoma’s Department of Corrections like a perfect storm. The tough-on-crime policies of yesteryear, particularly mandatory minimum sentencing, have come back to haunt…

Money Bail Isn’t Cutting It In Ohio

Katie Greer | December 14, 2017
Ohioans have been shelling out millions with no guarantee of an ROI for public safety. That’s the digest on the state’s ineffective use of money bail, according to a…

Concerns for Recent Louisiana Reform Implementation Seem Unwarranted

Elain Ellerbe | December 13, 2017
The recent implementation of one of Louisiana’s Justice Reinvestment reform measures providing for nominal early releases for non-violent offenders was initially met with much criticism and political posturing.  However,…

Step 1 to Stop Wrongful Conviction: ‘Criminal Intent’ Reform

Right on Crime | December 12, 2017
This article by former Governor of Maryland and Right on Crime Signatory Robert Ehrlich originally appeared in The Hill, December 12th, 2017. While most of the Washington media has been chasing headliner issues —…

Right on Crime, Conservative on Justice

Chelsea Murphy | December 12, 2017
This article by Chelsea Murphy originally appeared in Florida Politics, December 11th, 2017. During the upcoming 2018 Florida Legislative Session, Right on Crime will serve as a resource to lawmakers…

Faith and the Criminal Justice System

Julie Warren | December 8, 2017
“We’re not going to let you slip through the cracks. We’re going to hold you accountable, but we’re going to be there for you.” – Dr. Russell Moore On…

Tennessee’s Juvenile Justice Task Force Report: Expanding and Increasing Reliance Upon Diversion Programs

Julie Warren | December 8, 2017
Monday, December 4th, Tennessee’s Ad Hoc Tennessee Blue Ribbon Task Force on Juvenile Justice unveiled its report following its comprehensive study on the overall state of Tennessee’s Juvenile Justice…

Adult Probation In The Lone Star State

Right on Crime | December 6, 2017
Texas Public Policy Foundation intern, Rohan Vaidya, contributed to this blog post. Revising the funding formula for basic adult probation has been an ongoing discussion in Texas for many…

Coalition Applauds Lawmakers for Advancing Legislation to Address Criminal Justice Reform

Right on Crime | December 5, 2017
Judicial Safety Valve Reforms Mandatory Minimum Sentencing by Providing Courts with Needed Flexibility Tallahassee, Fla. – A coalition of conservative public policy organizations today praised Florida lawmakers for advancing…

How Governors Across America Are Getting Smart on Crime

Marc Levin | December 4, 2017
This article by Marc Levin originally appeared in The Daily Signal, December 1st, 2017. Governors are known for cutting ribbons to celebrate new employers coming to their state, but it…

Judicial Safety Valve is Smarter Sentencing

Chelsea Murphy | December 4, 2017
On Monday, December, 4th the Senate Criminal Justice Committee will take up two bills (SB 602 & SB 694) that allow judicial discretion on certain drug trafficking offenses.  Here…

Oklahoma’s Budget Crisis

Andrew Speno | December 4, 2017
Oklahoma continues sliding deeper into its budget crisis as the Department of Corrections Director is now requesting an additional one billion dollars to accommodate the state’s growing inmate population.…

When Faith-Based Groups Really Engage in Reentry, the World Can Change

Elain Ellerbe | December 4, 2017
Margaret Mead once said, “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” This well-known quote…

The Case for Civil Asset Forfeiture Reform

Currie Myers | November 30, 2017
“I pledge to uphold the Constitution of the United States of America and the Constitution of the State and to enforce the laws of the State and the United…

Supporting Veterans Long After Veterans Day

Katie Greer | November 27, 2017
This article by Katie Greer originally appeared in Fort Worth Star-Telegram November 22nd, 2017. Each year in November, the nation pauses to recognize those who have served in the…

Listen: Former Florida Republican Senate President on Criminal Justice Reform

Katie Greer | November 27, 2017
Right on Crime Signatory and former Florida Senate President, Mike Haridopolos, went on air with WJCT to discuss the major shift in voter support for criminal justice reform. Citing…

The Problems with Revocation, Part 1: The Hold

Thomas Lyons | November 27, 2017
Having pled guilty to a misdemeanor nearly a year ago, you find yourself as a passenger in a car driven by a co-worker when you notice the sirens behind…

Guide for Lawmakers on Criminal Justice Reform

Rohan Vaidya | November 27, 2017
A newly released project commissioned by Arizona State University, in conjunction with the Charles Koch Foundation, provides a comprehensive guide for tackling the various issues surrounding criminal justice reform…

Louisiana Is Leading on Long-Overdue Criminal Justice Reform

Right on Crime | November 20, 2017
This article by Right on Crime Signatory and CEO of the Pelican Institute, Daniel Erspamer, originally appeared in The Daily Signal, November 17th, 2017. Louisiana has joined the growing…

Criminal Sentencing Reform in Georgia has become National Model

Right on Crime | November 20, 2017
This article by Right on Crime Signatories, Newt Gingrich and Kelly McCutchen, originally appeared in The Augusta Chronicle, November 18th, 2017. Texas is celebrating 10 successful years of reform…

A Fox in Charge of the Hen House

Kurt Altman | November 20, 2017
I have written about it before—HB2477—a major reform to the civil asset forfeiture process in Arizona that was passed by legislators and signed by the Governor. Amongst the many…

Critics of Louisiana Justice Reform Make Exaggerated Claims

Right on Crime | November 17, 2017
This article by Right on Crime Signatories, Craig DeRoche and Gene Mills, originally appeared in Shreveport Times, November 16th, 2017. This past legislative session, Prison Fellowship and the Louisiana…

Florida Poll Reveals Strong Support for Criminal Justice Reform

Right on Crime | November 15, 2017
A poll commissioned by Right on Crime and conducted by Fabrizio, Lee & Associates revealed a majority of registered voters in Florida support a number of criminal justice reforms.…

Right on Crime, Lawmakers & Conservative Coalition Address Badly Needed Criminal Justice Reform in State of Florida

Right on Crime | November 15, 2017
Tallahassee, Fla. – Right on Crime, joined by Florida lawmakers and a coalition of conservative public policy organizations, today addressed critical criminal justice reform measures needed in the State…

To the People Dying from the Opioid Epidemic, Drugs aren’t the Problem — They’re the Solution

Right on Crime | November 13, 2017
This article by Right on Crime Signatory and Senior Vice President of Advocacy & Public Policy at Prison Fellowship, Craig DeRoche, originally appeared in Fox News, November 12th, 2017.…

Director of Right on Crime Discusses Civil Forfeiture, Madoff Scheme on Fox Business

Michael Haugen | November 10, 2017
Right on Crime’s Director Derek Cohen went on air with Fox Business last night in response to the DOJ’s announcement that it had used civil asset forfeiture to capture…

Prison Reforms Will Save Money, Make Us Safer

Elain Ellerbe | November 10, 2017
This article by Elain Ellerbe originally appeared in Shreveport Times, November 10th, 2017. Criminal Justice Reform in Louisiana has begun and it’s a marathon, not a 100-yard dash. This past…

Listen: Money Bail and Pretrial Detention

Katie Greer | November 10, 2017
The Federalist Society hosted a teleforum on money bail and pretrial detention with Right on Crime’s Marc Levin and John-Michael Seibler of the Heritage Foundation. Levin outlined the financial…

Women Suffering Opioid Addiction Experience Long Wait for Treatment

Julie Warren | November 8, 2017
The Tennessean recently published an article that highlighted “one unexpected effect of Tennessee’s opioid crisis”: women suffering from addiction are serving longer jail terms than their male counterparts—six months…

Mental Health in Louisiana Prisons is an Oxymoron

Elain Ellerbe | November 7, 2017
By definition an oxymoron is “a figure of speech in which two opposite ideas are joined to create an effect”.  Given the severe lack of mental health services in…

Florida May Reduce Mandatory Minimums for Low Level Drug Offenses

Chelsea Murphy | November 7, 2017
Florida Senator Jeff Brandes (R-St. Petersburg) and Representative Ben Diamond (D-St. Petersburg) filed legislation to create a judicial safety valve for low level drug crimes. We applaud their proposed…

The Mischaracterization of Conservative Criminal Justice Reform

Randy Petersen | November 6, 2017
This article by Randy Petersen originally appeared in The Hill, November 3rd, 2017. The primary goal of conservative criminal justice reform is increased public safety with a secondary emphasis on…

In Defense Of Louisiana’s Criminal Justice Reforms

Right on Crime | November 3, 2017
This article by Right on Crime Signatory and CEO of the Pelican Institute, Daniel Erspamer, originally appeared in The Hay Ride, November 2nd, 2017 This week’s news will be…

Don’t Mess with Texas on Civil Asset Forfeiture

Katie Greer | November 3, 2017
If you haven’t heard the slogan, “Don’t mess with Texas,” you either live under a rock, or you’ve never met a Texan. While engaging in a conversation on civil…

Announcing New Leadership and Staff Advancements

Katie Greer | October 31, 2017
Austin, TX — The Texas Public Policy Foundation announced the advancement of three staff members who serve as leaders in the Foundation’s Right on Crime campaign. Marc Levin will…

Let’s Prevent a Crisis

Thomas Lyons | October 31, 2017
With President Trump’s announcement declaring the opioid epidemic a public health emergency, policymakers should start considering how to respond more rapidly to prevent epidemics from developing.  The vast expense…

Watch: Louisiana’s Prison Reform

Katie Greer | October 31, 2017
Right on Crime’s State Director for Louisiana, Elain Ellerbe, sat down with LPB for an interview on the new safety procedures for the state’s November 1st inmate release.  The…

Conservative Coalition Applauds Proposed Mandatory Minimum Reform

Right on Crime | October 31, 2017
Right on Crime, FAMM, Reason Foundation, & The James Madison Institute Praise Action Tallahassee, Fla. – A coalition of conservative public policy organizations today applauded a proposed reform to…

DeMint Speaks at the Advancing Justice Summit

Joe Luppino-Esposito | October 27, 2017
Former South Carolina Senator and Right on Crime Signatory, Jim DeMint, kicked off this week’s Advancing Justice Summit alongside US Senator Mike Lee (R-UT) in Washington, DC. The day…

Conservatives and Criminal Justice Reform in Florida

Chelsea Murphy | October 27, 2017
Right on Crime hosted an evening centered around conservatives for criminal justice reform in Tallahassee, Florida, Wednesday, October 25th. Former and current Florida lawmakers, business leaders, and advocates came…

IRS Refuses to Return Honest Earnings

Rohan Vaidya | October 27, 2017
When Iowa restaurant owner, Carole Hinders, received a visit from tax agents back in 2014, she had no idea that her entire livelihood was at stake. Her money, from…

Opioid Crisis Correctly Identified as Health Emergency

Right on Crime | October 26, 2017
Austin, TX— Right on Crime, the national conservative criminal justice reform organization, today praised the Trump administration’s decision to declare the United States’ severe opioid crisis a “national health…

Right on Crime in Oklahoma

Andrew Speno | October 25, 2017
Oklahoma lawmakers gathered for a hearing on the interim study on criminal justice reform at the state capitol, Tuesday, October 24th. The Chairman of the study, Rep. Terry O’Donnell…

Texas-Inspired Bipartisan Criminal Justice Reform Bill Introduced in Senate

Right on Crime | October 24, 2017
Congress continues its momentum with proven state-based solutions Right on Crime is encouraged by the filing of the Corrections Oversight, Recidivism Reduction, and Eliminating Costs for Taxpayers In Our…

Crime, Punishment and Taxes

Marc Levin | October 24, 2017
This article by Marc Levin and MacArthur Foundation’s Director for Justice, Laurie Garduque, originally appeared in USA Today, October 24th, 2017. Local corrections costs have quadrupled over the past 40 years.…

Prison Reform will Make Louisiana Safer

Right on Crime | October 19, 2017
This article by Daniel Erspamer, Right on Crime Signatory and CEO of the Pelican Institute for Public Policy, originally appeared in Shreveport Times, October 17th, 2017. Caddo Parish Sheriff Steve…

Senator Hatch’s Bill Protects Americans from Bad Lawmaking

Joe Luppino-Esposito | October 19, 2017
Senator Orrin Hatch has once again shown to be a true leader for criminal justice reform. The Mens Rea Reform Act is a seemingly obvious piece of legislation. However,…

Families Need Criminal Justice Reform

Katie Greer | October 17, 2017
Conservatives often argue that a key component of raising happy, productive children is parental stability. Children from broken homes are much more likely to get involved with drugs and…

Tennessee’s House of Representatives Task Force on Opioid and Prescription Abuse

Julie Warren | October 17, 2017
This year, the Tennessee House of Representatives convened the House Task Force on Opioid and Prescription Abuse.  The task force recently made public its recommendations. I want to start…

Louisiana Criminal Justice Reforms—Fact versus Fiction

Elain Ellerbe | October 17, 2017
On November 1, the first of the Justice Reinvestment legislation will be implemented as provided by Senate Bill 139, now Act 280, which provides changes for parole consideration and…

Texas Experience Makes It Clear: Alaska Should Give SB 91 Time to Work

Marc Levin | October 16, 2017
This article by Marc Levin and former Texas Representative Jerry Madden originally appeared in Alaska Dispatch News, October 12th, 2017. Ten years ago, our home state of Texas was…

Florida Health Coach Fined for Giving Health Advice

Katie Greer | October 11, 2017
A Florida woman was slapped with a $750 fine with the threat of more to come if she doesn’t stop offering nutritional advice. The fine was in response to…

Louisiana Pre-Trial Diversion Programs

Elain Ellerbe | October 11, 2017
In recent years, the Louisiana legislature has authorized a number of population specific pre-trial diversion programs.  These include diversion programs for certain offenders who are dealing with substance abuse,…

Good News Brought to You by the Tennessee Department of Corrections

Julie Warren | October 10, 2017
The Tennessee Department of Corrections (TDOC) 2017 Annual Report is hot off the presses. The report is replete with positive reforms and a full download will require multiple blog…

Drug Courts Continue to Expand

Thomas Lyons | October 9, 2017
Sauk County Circuit Court recently held a celebration for the first three people to successfully graduate from their drug court as reported by Channel 3000.  Three participants engaged in…

Federal Criminal Justice Reform Legislation Has Conservative Values, Focuses on Public Safety

Right on Crime | October 6, 2017
Austin, TX — Right on Crime, the conservative campaign for criminal justice reform, applauds Congress for moving forward with important pieces of criminal justice reform legislation. Conservative principles that have…

Senator Hatch Introduces Bill to Strengthen Criminal Intent Protections

Katie Greer | October 3, 2017
Senator Orrin Hatch brought the issue of over-criminalization to the Senate floor Monday afternoon. With the ever-increasing number of regulations on the books, he underscored the importance of ‘criminal…

Townhall Interviews Kurt Altman on Conservative Criminal Justice Reform

Right on Crime | October 3, 2017
In this interview with Townhall, Right on Crime’s Arizona State Director, Kurt Altman, gives the rundown on conservative criminal justice reform. As Kurt outlines, Right on Crime’s top priority…

Las Vegas Shooting — Let’s Hold the Politics and Unite Behind Those Grieving in Nevada

Right on Crime | October 2, 2017
This article by Right on Crime Signatory Bernard Kerik, originally appeared in Fox News, October 2nd, 2017. Sunday night, a deranged lone gunman fired hundreds of rounds from automatic…

A New Era in Criminal Justice for Oklahoma City

Andrew Speno | October 2, 2017
It’s just a building in downtown Oklahoma City but city leaders hope it will come to symbolize the birth of a new era in criminal justice. Mayor Mick Cornett…

Conservatives for Criminal Justice Reform

Right on Crime | September 27, 2017
This article by Right on Crime Signatory Grover Norquist originally appeared in Wall Street Journal, September 26th, 2017. Every so often I’m asked to list the conservative movement’s most important…

Criminal Convictions and Occupational Licensure Reform

Thomas Lyons | September 27, 2017
Occupational licensure reform is getting a good hard look by the Wisconsin Legislature. Like many states, Wisconsin has seen a significant jump in the number of professions that require…

Where is a prosecutor’s time best spent?

Julie Warren | September 27, 2017
I recently came across an opinion piece in the Midland Times authored by Laura Nodolf, the District Attorney for Midland, Texas, wherein she presented the question: “Where is a…

Felony Class Task Force off to an Interesting Start

Elain Ellerbe | September 22, 2017
At the initial meeting of the Louisiana Felony Class Task Force, all 12 task-force members or their designees were in attendance. This initial meeting was chaired by Supreme Court…

Drug Courts: Working Since 1989

Julie Warren | September 22, 2017
Drug courts burst onto the scene when the Eleventh Judicial District of Florida created the Miami-Dade County Drug Court in 1989. Since its inception, “thousands of people have taken…

Lengthy Sentences are Not Making Communities Safer

Chelsea Murphy | September 22, 2017
Steal a cell phone or a car? Well in Florida, you just signed yourself up for a grand theft felony in both scenarios. That’s right, a cell phone or…

Former Governor Mike Huckabee Joins Right on Crime

Right on Crime | September 21, 2017
Austin, TX — Right on Crime today announced the addition of a respected conservative leader committed to conservative criminal justice reform as outlined in its Statement of Principles.  The…

Louisiana’s Bail Bond Industry and the Court System’s Fee Based Conundrum

Elain Ellerbe | September 21, 2017
With bail reform becoming part of a larger national conversation, Louisiana should also consider its practices and overuse of cash bail.  While the bail bond system was established to…

Wisconsin Civil Asset Forfeiture Reform Inches Towards Reality

Thomas Lyons | September 20, 2017
The Senate Labor and Regulatory Reform Committee passed comprehensive civil asset forfeiture reform on a 3-2 vote.  The vote allows the full Senate to take up the measure. The…

Prosecutors & Sentencing Enhancements

Julie Warren | September 19, 2017
There are prosecutors out there who love sentencing enhancements, and I get it.  Enhancements make a prosecutor’s life easier, because they can make it easier to obtain a guilty…

Assessing Risk Assessments

Julie Warren | September 19, 2017
Validated risk assessments are tools that allow the criminal justice system (courts, probation/parole, and corrections) the opportunity to asses each individual offender as just that, an individual. They allow…

Former Sen. Jim DeMint Joins Right on Crime

Right on Crime | September 19, 2017
Austin, TX — Today Right on Crime announced the addition of a respected former Senator who is committed to conservative criminal justice reform as outlined in its Statement of…

White House Hosts Round-Table Meeting on Federal Prison Reform

Katie Greer | September 15, 2017
Texas’ big success with criminal justice reform was a focal point in Thursday’s White House round-table discussion on how to improve the federal prison system. President Trump’s Senior Advisor,…

Signs of Change in Milwaukee County Sheriff’s Office

Thomas Lyons | September 15, 2017
David Clarke, Milwaukee County’s long serving and outspoken sheriff, has resigned. For real this time. Ever since he became sheriff in 2002, Clarke has presented himself as a tough…

Right on Crime Welcomes Several New Louisiana Leaders of Criminal Justice Reform as Signatories to Their Statement of Principles

Right on Crime | September 15, 2017
Recently, several prominent leaders of the criminal justice reform movement in the Pelican State have signed onto Right on Crime’s Statement of Principles. The new signatories were all integral…

Texas’ Bail System is Costing us all a Fortune

Greg Glod | September 15, 2017
This article by Greg Glod originally appeared in The Monitor, September 15th, 2017. If you ask anyone, regardless of their political views, who they would rather have behind bars…

Louisiana’s New Fines and Fees Law: Just A Start

Elain Ellerbe | September 14, 2017
  Individuals released from prison and returning home face a number of obstacles that can hurt their chance at successful reentry. One of those obstacles is the burden of…

Fixing Kentucky’s Prison Overcrowding Problem

Julie Warren | September 14, 2017
They say the first step to fixing a problem is to recognize that there is a problem. I give a lot of credit to the leadership in Kentucky. They…

Hot Dogs and Over-Criminalization in Berkeley

Marc Levin | September 13, 2017
The now-viral video of a UC-Berkeley police officer seizing a bacon hotdog vendor’s money begs some deeper scrutiny. The officer’s department issued a statement saying the money that was…

U.S. House Unanimously Approves Bill to Curb Civil Forfeiture in IRS ‘Structuring’ Cases

Michael Haugen | September 12, 2017
By a unanimous voice vote last Tuesday, the House of Representatives approved a measure aimed at limiting the ability of the Internal Revenue Service to utilize asset forfeiture in…

Mark Meckler Joins Criminal Justice Reform Effort

Right on Crime | September 12, 2017
Right on Crime today announced the addition of a respected conservative activist who is committed to conservative criminal justice reform as outlined in its Statement of Principles.  The newest…

Ex–NYPD Commissioner: Why President Trump Is Right to Let Local Police Buy Military Equipment

Right on Crime | September 8, 2017
This article by Right on Crime signatory Bernard Kerik originally appeared in TIME, September 8th, 2017. Before the order was even released, much hand-wringing over the Trump White House’s reversal…

Did Richard Nixon Give Us the Winning Strategy to Win the Opioid Epidemic?

Julie Warren | September 8, 2017
Currently, I’m working on an article for the University of Memphis Law Review, wherein I seek to define opioid abuse as primarily a public health crisis to which the…

Follow Oklahoma County’s Lead on Criminal Justice

Andrew Speno | September 8, 2017
Oklahomans have a substantive opportunity to implement criminal justice reform. Oklahoma County has taken the initiative to uncover ways to reduce its bloated jail population through the creation of…

Bail System Failures Justify Reform

Katie Greer | September 5, 2017
Any and every murder committed by a released defendant should be seen as a system failure in need of correcting, but we should not use it as a reason…

Challenges of Justice Reform

Elain Ellerbe | September 5, 2017
This article by Elain Ellerbe originally appeared in The Advocate, September 4th, 2017. For many years, Louisiana has relied on local jails and detention centers to house large numbers of…

Being in Prison During a Natural Disaster

Elain Ellerbe | August 31, 2017
August 29th was the 12th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, which at the time was the worst weather disaster to hit the U.S. in nearly 35 years. Unfortunately, Hurricane Harvey,…

Felony – The Scarlet F

Kurt Altman | August 31, 2017
Imagine this: You’re 18 years old, out with a couple buddies, experimenting with marijuana and you’re arrested and charged with a felony. Or worse yet, maybe it was “wax”…

‘Tough on Crime’ is Political Lip Service

Julie Warren | August 31, 2017
In a recent interview with Kentucky Educational Television, Holly Harris, from Justice Action Network, hit the nail on the head in her refute of the effectiveness of the incarceration-first…

“Ban the Box” Policies Hurt Where They’re Supposed to Help

Michael Haugen | August 25, 2017
It’s taken some time, but realization is starting to dawn that certain re-entry policies championed by reform advocates on the Left—principally “Ban the Box,” one component of more comprehensive…

Connecting to those Impacted by Criminal Justice Policies

Elain Ellerbe | August 25, 2017
On August 14th, 2017 the Face to Face Initiative was launched across the U.S.  Engaging in a wave of public activities that featured both Republican and Democratic governors and…

Money is Not the Issue

Thomas Lyons | August 24, 2017
The Milwaukee Common Council just voted unanimously to support pending legislation that reforms civil asset forfeiture.  One alderman described the current practice of seizing assets without criminal conviction as…

Hey California, Take Notes from Kentucky!

Julie Warren | August 23, 2017
In courts across the country, bail is arbitrarily set so high that it has become cost prohibitive for most defendants – especially lower income defendants to post. Bail has…

Podcast: America’s Opioid Crisis Worse Than Reported

Right on Crime | August 21, 2017
Chuck DeVore, Vice President of National Initiatives at the Texas Public Policy Foundation spoke on The Lars Larson Show about the shocking findings from a University of Virginia study: America’s opioid…

More Teens Are Dying from Drug Overdose

Julie Warren | August 21, 2017
Just this week, the National Center for Health Statistics published a study that found a 3.7 increase from 2014 to 2015 in the drug overdose death rate for adolescent…

Smart Electronic Monitoring Leads to Real Savings

Thomas Lyons | August 21, 2017
When Sheriff Dave Mahoney of Dane County was first elected in 2006, he noticed a problem.  The county was paying to house inmates in other counties because of the…

Nothing Civil About Asset Forfeiture in Louisiana

Elain Ellerbe | August 16, 2017
Last year, in one of the most inclusive studies on the state’s use of civil asset forfeiture, the Institute for Justice (IJ) released its second version of Policing for…

Right on Crime Attends 2017 NCSL Legislative Summit in Boston

Chelsea Murphy | August 16, 2017
This past week, Right on Crime had the honor to attend the National Conference for State Legislators (NCSL) in Boston, Massachusetts. Every summer, thousands of legislators and staff come…

Opioid Crisis Declared a National Emergency

Julie Warren | August 15, 2017
On August 10th, President Trump announced that the opioid epidemic had risen to the level of a national emergency.  In making his remarks, President Trump vowed to “spend a…

Employment is Key to Reentry Success

Elain Ellerbe | August 10, 2017
According to the Bureau of Justice statistics, approximately one in three adults in the US have a criminal record, and men with criminal records account for about 34 percent…

Criminal or Victim?

Julie Warren | August 10, 2017
Yesterday afternoon, while I was working on a blog post that focused on substance abuse as primarily a public health issue, I received a text from my sister informing…

Expanding Work Release Helps Everyone

Thomas Lyons | August 10, 2017
For probationers in Wisconsin, a probation hold, a decision made by a probation officer to lock up a probationer for any number of reasons, can mean the difference between…

Punishment and Encouragement – Strange but Effective Partners in Offender Behavior

Elain Ellerbe | August 10, 2017
In a recent blog published in The Hill by Adam Gelb, Pew’s director of Public Safety Performance Project, and Barbara Broderick, a chief probation and parole officer in Maricopa…

America’s Opioid Crisis Worse Than Reported, Killing More Than 47,000 In 2014

Chuck DeVore | August 8, 2017
This article by Chuck DeVore originally appeared in Forbes, August 8th, 2017. Earlier this year the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a report that suggested…

Yes, Tennessee is Ready for Justice Reform

Julie Warren | August 8, 2017
Increasingly, I approach the news with a certain amount of dread—especially the local news that seems to greet me every morning with a rundown of the violent crime that…

Texan Spurs Oklahoma Governor to Reform Justice System

Andrew Speno | August 7, 2017
Right On Crime (ROC) takes center stage in this NewsOK article from Capitol reporter Dale Denwalt. In the article, ROC Signatory Jerry Madden explains why he is getting involved…

Geriatric Parole Should Be Considered in Louisiana

Elain Ellerbe | August 3, 2017
Parole for geriatric prisoners was left out of the justice reforms package passed this summer. The Justice Reinvestment Task Force included parole eligibility for geriatric prisoners in their list…

The Way Forward

Julie Warren | August 3, 2017
The Tennessee Department of Corrections concluded its 2016 Annual Report with a frank, yet reflective vision of “the way forward.”  In so doing, it recognized that “offenders who experience…

A Felony Doesn’t Have to be Forever

Thomas Lyons | August 3, 2017
What if a felony conviction did not mean a lifetime of dealing with collateral consequences?  Senator Leah Vukmir and Representative Joe Sanfelippo are pushing legislation, Senate Bill 57 and…

Ten Years of Criminal Justice Reform in Texas

Michael Haugen | August 1, 2017
This essay originally appeared in the July edition of Veritas, a quarterly publication of the Texas Public Policy Foundation. If one were to search for an example to prove correct the old…

Unity in Diversity – Louisiana’s Criminal Justice Reform Champions

Elain Ellerbe | August 1, 2017
The much needed criminal justice reforms that came out of the 2017 Louisiana Legislature were historic. One element that warrants a closer look is the diverse group of elected…

Rethinking the Scope of Drug Free School Zone

Julie Warren | August 1, 2017
In 1995, Tennessee enacted The Drug Free School Zone Act—contained in § 39-17-432—for the stated “purpose of providing vulnerable persons in this state an environment in which they can…

Should we spend $89,000 to separate a child from his parents?

Manfred Wendt | July 31, 2017
We all make mistakes, but not all mistakes result in the same consequences. Sometimes, consequences can lead to the restriction of liberty. For children, in more extreme cases, it…

Wisconsin Needs Asset Forfeiture Reporting Requirements

Thomas Lyons | July 28, 2017
Like too many states, Wisconsin’s laws regarding civil asset forfeiture lack basic due process and transparency safeguards.  Civil asset forfeiture is the practice of the state seizing items believed…

Draconian Sanctions Don’t Work

Julie Warren | July 28, 2017
Across the country, folks are beginning to understand that unsuccessful re-entry policies contribute to high recidivism rates. We especially see more conservative lawmakers question whether the prohibitions or impositions…

Louisiana Supreme Court’s Historic Ruling for Juveniles

Elain Ellerbe | July 28, 2017
Even though the U.S. Supreme Court handed down its decision that sentencing juveniles with life without parole was unconstitutional in 2010, it took Louisiana seven years to act. During…

GAO: ‘Enhanced Controls’ Needed to Prevent Fraudulent Surplus Military Gear Transfers

Michael Haugen | July 27, 2017
A controversial federal program providing surplus military gear to federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies hasn’t been properly verifying applications for the transfer of various controlled property, including…

Kentucky’s Commitment to Criminal Justice Reform

Julie Warren | July 25, 2017
The State of Kentucky has exhibited tremendous leadership in the area of criminal justice reform.  Over the last few years the State has endeavored to thoroughly examine its adult…

Barriers to Re-entry Hurt Society as a Whole

Julie Warren | July 25, 2017
The United States Supreme Court recently entered an opinion in Packingham v. North Carolina. 2017. _ U.S. _ (June). In a roundabout way, it touched on the merits of…

Joint Finance Committee Tackles Prisoner Treatment Options

Thomas Lyons | July 24, 2017
Wisconsin’s Joint Finance Committee, the group in charge of modifying Governor Walker’s budget, took decisive action towards improving treatment opportunities for prisoners. In 1999, Wisconsin implemented truth in sentencing. …

As Troubles Mount, Wisconsin Juvenile Justice System is Primed for Overhaul

Thomas Lyons | July 18, 2017
USA Today-Wisconsin affiliates reported last week the number of inmates at the state’s two juvenile prisons have declined in the last two years.  The prisons, Lincoln Hills and Copper…

National Men’s Wearhouse Chain Helping Citizens Re-Enter Workforce Over Past Decade

Elain Ellerbe | July 17, 2017
Since 2004, Men’s Wearhouse, the national men’s clothing chain, has held their National Suit Drive all across the United States. As their website states, the program is to “assist…

Failed Grand Jury Reform Proposals Must See Another Day

Greg Glod | July 13, 2017
This article by Greg Glod  originally appeared in Houston Chronicle on July 12, 2017. Many bills did not make it across the finish line in the regular legislative session, but two…

At Least I Can Cut Hair

Kurt Altman | July 12, 2017
He was handcuffed in the front of his body and before the U.S. Marshals took him out of the courtroom he was able to put his hands on my…

Frog Over-criminalization

Manfred Wendt | July 12, 2017
Every state has laws on the regulation of catching certain wildlife and for good reason. We don’t want our waters overfished or our wildlife overhunted. However, we must be…

Unconstitutional Use of Civil Asset Forfeiture

Julie Warren | July 11, 2017
In Tennessee, police officers may legally take your property based on nothing but a mere suspicion that it might have ties to criminal activity. The seizing agency gets to…

Wisconsin Trying New Reentry Programs

Thomas Lyons | July 7, 2017
Finding and maintaining employment is an important part of any inmate’s reintegration to society.  A 2015 study by the Manhattan Institute found that non-violent offenders were less likely to…

Watch: Urgent Need for Criminal Justice Reform in Oklahoma

Andrew Speno | July 6, 2017
In this interview on Flashpoint, a highly rated political talk show airing on Oklahoma City’s NBC affiliate, Right On Crime State Director Andrew Speno explains the importance and urgency…

Louisiana Felony Class System Task Force to begin in September

Elain Ellerbe | July 6, 2017
When the Justice Reinvestment Task Force recommendations were released in March, the comprehensive report included a recommendation to the legislature to restructure Louisiana’s 600-plus list of crimes with individual…

Expunction Dysfunction

Thomas Lyons | July 6, 2017
Last week, the Wisconsin Supreme Court issued a ruling on a case involving expunction that inadvertently highlights a significant problem.  Expunction is a court order that seals the contents…

Department of Corrections Wants Reform for Oklahoma

Andrew Speno | July 6, 2017
Witnessing the director of a state agency plead with lawmakers to shrink the size of his department to save the state money is about as common these days as…

The 2477 to Yuma

Kurt Altman | July 5, 2017
In 1957, a classic Western film starring Glenn Ford and Van Heflin was released – 3:10 to Yuma.  It was remade in 2007 with super star actors Russell Crowe…

Opioid Crisis Needs Safety Valves

Chelsea Murphy | July 5, 2017
The opioid crisis plaguing the country has hit Florida hard. To combat this epidemic, many lawmakers and law enforcement have pushed for harsh mandatory minimum sentences for possessors and…

Louisiana’s #1 Ranking is Slipping

Elain Ellerbe | June 29, 2017
But that’s a good thing since we’re talking about Louisiana no longer being marked as the number one incarcerator in the world.  During the 2017 legislative session, with Right…

New Task Force to Prioritize Juvenile Justice Reform

Julie Warren | June 28, 2017
Tennesseans just gained an important ally in its effort to reform its criminal justice system with the newly formed bipartisan Ad Hoc Tennessee Blue Ribbon Task Force on Juvenile…

Criminal Justice Reform Summit | Austin, TX

Katie Greer | June 14, 2017
Think tank leaders and reform advocates from all over the country traveled to Austin on June 7 to gain insight on major issues affecting the criminal justice movement at…

Counting Criminal Justice to Save Money and Improve Public Safety

Chelsea Murphy | May 24, 2017
This article by Chelsea Murphy, Florida director at Right on Crime, and Richard Doran, former attorney general of Florida, originally appeared in Tampa Bay Times on May 23, 2017. Here’s an…

Opioid Addictions Won’t be Cured by Tough Sentences

Right on Crime | May 23, 2017
This article by Right on Crime signatories, Newt Gingrich and Pat Nolan, originally appeared in Fox News on May 22, 2017. One of the most important promises President Trump made…

A Better Bail System for Texas

Michael Haugen | May 22, 2017
This article originally appeared in the El Paso Times on May 19, 2017. We all know that, in America, a defendant is considered innocent until proven guilty, and it can be…

Bail Reform: Smart Choice for Taxpayers and Public Safety

Marc Levin | May 22, 2017
This article originally appeared in TribTalk on May 19, 2017. On any given day, there are more than 400,000 Americans sitting in jails around the country who haven’t been convicted…

Is It Time to Scale Back on SWAT Teams?

Randy Petersen | May 19, 2017
This article originally appeared in The Hill on May 18, 2017. It began with an Austin Police helicopter circling the skies over his normally quiet neighborhood and ended with tear…

Advocates and Lawmakers Urge Passage of Second Chances Bill

Katie Greer | May 17, 2017
Standing in support of the Second Chances Bill, Right on Crime signatory Doug Deason urged legislators to pass the critical reforms at a press conference held in the Texas…

The Conservative Case for Sentencing Reform in Louisiana

Katie Greer | May 16, 2017
This article, written by Right on Crime signatory David Keene, originally appeared in The Times-Picayune on May 2, 2017. As is well known by now to anyone paying attention, Louisiana’s…

Raise the Age to Lower Crime

Haley Holik | May 12, 2017
This article originally appeared in Tyler Morning Telegraph on May 9, 2017.   Most 17-year-olds are in high school. Their parents still ground them, and they have to ask to…

In Harris County, Recidivism Rates for State Jail Offenders on Probation Much Lower Than Those Incarcerated

Right on Crime | May 9, 2017
As the following graphs indicate, recidivism rates are much lower for state jail felony offenders who take probation in Harris County as compared those who go to state jail. One…

Texas Should Close Prisons, but Strengthen Alternatives

Marc Levin | May 9, 2017
This article, written by Marc Levin, originally appeared in Houston Chronicle on May 8, 2017. Texas has gained national acclaim for closing prisons while achieving declines in crime that exceed…

Fines, Fees, and Forfeiture Under the Commission on Civil Rights’ Microscope

Right on Crime | May 3, 2017
This blog post was written by Right on Crime research associates Jace Waechter and Brian Bensimon. Recently, the Commission on Civil Rights held a hearing to investigate the Department of…

Raising the Age of Juvenile Court Jurisdiction in Texas

Right on Crime | May 3, 2017
This new policy perspective from Derek Cohen and Haley Holik examines Texas’ practice of trying 17 year olds in adult courts, stating research indicates that the juvenile system provides the most…

United, Ferguson, Abu-Ghraib, And The L.A. Riots At 25: Lessons Learned

Chuck DeVore | May 2, 2017
This article, written by Chuck DeVore, originally appeared in Forbes on April 27, 2017. 25 years ago, I was leading patrols in riot-torn Los Angeles as an Army National…

Expungement: Helping People Move On

Right on Crime | April 21, 2017
This blog post, written by Julie Warren, originally appeared at the Beacon Center of Tennessee on April 21, 2017.   Most of us will sympathize with folks who have…

Tony Perkins Makes Case for Criminal Justice Reform in Louisiana

Katie Greer | April 20, 2017
Criminal justice reform could improve public safety while saving Louisiana hundreds of millions of dollars. That was the message delivered at Tuesday’s breakfast briefing jointly hosted by Right on…

Pre-Arrest and Pre-Booking Diversion and Mental Health in Policing

Right on Crime | April 19, 2017
Our senior policing researcher Randy Petersen considers the current state of research indicating that certain pre-booking or pre-arrest diversion programs show promise in reducing recidivism.

Recording the Police

Right on Crime | April 19, 2017
In this new policy perspective, our policing expert Randy Petersen considers the myriad issues involved with the recording of law enforcement activities—from ensuring public safety during potentially tense situations,…

New Video Sheds Light on Overcriminalization

Michael Haugen | April 3, 2017
In a video originally posted over at Legal Insurrection, the folks at Learn Liberty have produced a short YouTube video highlighting several of the issues attendant with overcriminalization in…

Exploring Faith-Based Correctional Programming

Right on Crime | March 31, 2017
This blog post was written by Brian Bensimon, a Right on Crime research associate. Prisoners struggling with personal transformation and restoration through conventional prison programming may find solace in…

A Rising Chorus of Texas Leaders Calling for Reform of Excessive Court-Imposed Fines and Fees

Right on Crime | March 20, 2017
This blog post was written by Right on Crime research associate Jace Waechter. In Texas, revenue from fines such as parking or traffic violations generated over $1 billion dollars…

Louisiana Justice Reinvestment Task Force Recommendations for Criminal Justice Reform Released Today

Elain Ellerbe | March 16, 2017
After 10 months of digging into the drivers of Louisiana’s worst ranked prison population by rate, the bi-partisan Louisiana Justice Reinvestment Task Force rolled out its recommendations at a…

A Cost Analysis for Raising the Age of Criminal Responsibility in Texas

Right on Crime | March 14, 2017
Texas’ House Committee on Juvenile Justice and Family Issues recently heard testimony from stakeholders and the public on House Bill 122, a bill which would “raise the age” of criminal…

How the Sunshine State Can Shine on Criminal Justice Reform

Right on Crime | March 14, 2017
This essay, written by Marc Levin of Right on Crime and Vikrant Reddy of the Charles Koch Institute, originally appeared in the James Madison Institute’s Spring edition of “The Journal.”…

At the Heart of Conservatism: Criminal Justice Reform in Florida

Right on Crime | March 13, 2017
This post, written by J. Robert McClure—President and CEO of the James Madison Institute in Florida, and a Right on Crime signatory—originally appeared in the Spring edition of “The…

Oklahoma Justice Reform Task Force: Resolve Prison Overpopulation by Adopting Cost-Effective, Evidence-Based Reforms

Right on Crime | March 3, 2017
This blog post was written by Right on Crime research associate Brian Bensimon. Facing a prison bed crisis amid an ever-growing prison population, Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin created a…

President Trump Keeps Safety, Law Enforcement, and Victims at Top of Mind

Joe Luppino-Esposito | March 3, 2017
In his first address to Congress, President Donald Trump covered a wide range of issues facing the US, including crime rates. Though many in the media have greatly exaggerated…

Right on Crime Celebrates Ten Years of Criminal Justice Reform in Texas

Right on Crime | March 1, 2017
This year, the Texas Public Policy Foundation and Right on Crime celebrate ten years of criminal justice reform efforts in Texas. In 2007, facing the prospect of having to…

In Arizona, One Man Faces Criminal Penalties for Cutting the Homeless’ Hair Without a License

Michael Haugen | February 10, 2017
As the saying goes, good deeds never go unpunished. A Tucson man is finding this out the hard way as he’s currently under investigation by Arizona’s State Board of…

New Poll: Overwhelming Majority of Texas Voters Oppose Asset Forfeiture Without A Criminal Conviction

Right on Crime | February 10, 2017
In a statewide poll done for the Texas Public Policy Foundation, Baselice & Associates asked 922 registered Texas voters (+/- 3.2% margin of error) from Jan. 22 to 29,…

Texas Committee Recommends Reducing Costs by Expanding Alternatives to Incarceration

Right on Crime | February 2, 2017
This blog post was written by Right on Crime research associate Brian Bensimon. A new report by Texas’s House Committee on Corrections urges the state to continue funding programs that…

Incentivizing Results: Lessons From Other States’ Probation Funding Formula Reforms and Recommendations to Texas Lawmakers

Right on Crime | January 31, 2017
This paper will examine Texas’ current adult probation funding formula, the successes of other jurisdictions moving toward an incentive-based funding initiative, and policy recommendations for Texas lawmakers.

Texas’ Regionalization of the Juvenile Justice System

Right on Crime | January 31, 2017
This report, by former policy analyst Dianna Muldrow, considers the reasons behind Texas’ recently passed regionalization plan for juvenile offenders, and the extent to which the plan as released…

New Illinois Bill Providing Greater Sentencing Flexibility, Trauma Recovery Services Heads to Governor’s Desk

Right on Crime | January 20, 2017
This post was written by Right on Crime research associate Jace Waechter. On Tuesday, the Illinois Senate passed a bill giving judges more sentencing alternatives for non-violent offenders and began the…

Randy Petersen on ‘The Lars Larson Show’: Policing Is A “Uniquely Local” Idea

Michael Haugen | January 18, 2017
Randy Petersen, our senior researcher of policing, recently appeared on “The Lars Larson Show” to discuss his latest commentary in The Hill, which pushes back against suggestions that have…

Ohio Gov. Kasich Signs Bill Bringing Major Civil Forfeiture Reform to Buckeye State

Michael Haugen | January 6, 2017
With Ohio Governor John Kasich’s signature of House Bill 347, the Buckeye State has become the latest, and the first of the new year, to significantly restrain the ability…

Oklahoma’s High Court Affirms Limitations on Sentencing Juvenile Offenders to Life in Prison

Right on Crime | December 16, 2016
This blog post was written by Christopher Gambini, a Right on Crime research associate. Recently, Oklahoma’s Supreme Court affirmed limitations on sentencing juvenile offenders to life in prison. The court…

On Criminal Justice Reform, It’s Been State and Local Leaders Carrying the Torch

Michael Haugen | December 12, 2016
Recently, my colleague Haley Holik penned a timely piece concerning the knee-jerk fatalism among many justice reform advocates on the left that has attended the result of the presidential…

New Prosecutorial Perspectives: A Framework for Effective Juvenile Justice

Derek M. Cohen | December 9, 2016
Prosecutors arguably are the most pivotal actors in the criminal justice system. The most potent decision point in the criminal justice process—whether or not to bring formal charges against…

Rebutting Common Myths of Civil Asset Forfeiture

Derek M. Cohen | December 9, 2016
The status quo of civil asset forfeiture in Texas persists due to common myths surrounding the practice and its prospective elimination. Those myths, while false, warrant discussion.

Andrew Speno on Oklahoma’s State of Play: “Being A Better Steward of Our Resources” Is Needed

Michael Haugen | December 7, 2016
In a recent interview, our Oklahoma state director Andrew Speno joined News Radio 1000 KTOK to discuss the state of play surrounding conservative criminal justice reform efforts in the…

Dismal, Reactionary Views About Future of Criminal Justice Reform Are Unfounded

Haley Holik | December 5, 2016
Following the results of the presidential election, some critics predicted the stalling of criminal justice reform. They questioned how the movement could possibly advance during the president-elect’s approaching term.…

Pretrial-Justice Reform: An Old Idea Gains New Momentum

Marc Levin | November 30, 2016
This commentary originally appeared at Real Clear Policy on November 30, 2016. History has proven that it is much easier to diagnose a problem than to solve it. The…

Louisiana Association of Business and Industry: State’s Inadequate Workforce ‘May Be Fulfilled’ By Ex-Offenders

Right on Crime | November 30, 2016
This blog post was written by Jace Waechter, a Right on Crime research associate. On November 18, the Louisiana Association Business and Industry (LABI) held a summit to address…

New Report Shows Ninety-One Percent of New Criminal Laws in Oklahoma Fall Outside Penal Code

Right on Crime | November 22, 2016
This blog post was written by Christopher Gambini, a Right on Crime research associate. The Manhattan Institute recently released a report on Oklahoma overcriminalization reform, which spotlights Oklahoma’s problematic penal…

The Advocate: Growing Coalition of Louisiana Leaders Push for Reform Through Justice Reinvestment Initiative

Right on Crime | November 21, 2016
This blog post was written by Jace Waechter, a Right on Crime research assistant. Last Thursday, a task force designed to look at ways to improve public safety and…

Balancing the Scales of Due Process: The Conservative Case for Grand Jury Reform in Texas

Greg Glod | November 8, 2016
This paper discusses the history of the American grand jury system, Texas’ grand jury system, areas within the status quo where procedural safeguards do not properly protect the liberties…

Oklahoma Right on Crime Highlights Benefits of State Questions 780 and 781

Right on Crime | November 3, 2016
Today, Right on Crime Oklahoma, the Sooner State’s branch of the nation’s most prominent conservative criminal justice reform campaign, issued the following statement concerning the beneficial impact of State…

Police-Collected Fines, Fees And Forfeitures: How Does Your City Rank?

Chuck DeVore | November 2, 2016
This commentary originally appeared in Forbes on October 26, 2016. “And we was fined fifty dollars and had to pick up the garbage… in the snow.” Arlo Guthrie – Alice’s…

Marc Levin Discusses Latest FBI Crime Report, Drug Treatment Programs on “The Bill Martinez Show”

Right on Crime | October 10, 2016
During a recent episode of “The Bill Martinez Show,” Right on Crime policy director Marc Levin spent time discussing details of the FBI’s newly released crime report for 2015,…

With SB 443’s Signature, Stronger Civil Forfeiture Protections Come to the Golden State

Michael Haugen | October 3, 2016
Over at Forbes, Nick Sibilla from the Institute for Justice (IJ) reports that California Governor Jerry Brown has signed Senate Bill 443, a much-debated piece of legislation that strengthens…

Conservative Justice Reform Advocates React to New FBI Crime Report

Right on Crime | September 27, 2016
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—…

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

Right on Crime | September 23, 2016
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…

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

Randy Petersen | September 19, 2016
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…

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

Right on Crime | September 12, 2016
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…

Watchmen or Warfighters? A Conservative Proposal for Limiting Military-Grade Weapons Sent to States

Right on Crime | August 31, 2016
In this new report for the Center for Effective Justice, Derek Cohen, Greg Glod, and Michael Haugen examine the Department of Defense’s 1033 program, which provides surplus military equipment—including weaponry—to…

School Discipline in Texas: Past, Present, and Future

Right on Crime | August 30, 2016
In this new white paper for the Texas Public Policy Foundation, our analyst Dianna Muldrow examines school discipline practices in Texas, arguing that despite recent improvements—such as decriminalizing truancy—the…

Don’t Mess With Texas’ Crime Statistics

Right on Crime | August 29, 2016
This commentary, written by Chuck DeVore and Randy Petersen, originally appeared in Real Clear Policy on August 17, 2016. In a recent Real Clear Policy article, Sean Kennedy examines Texas’ violent crime…

Despite Being ‘Innocent Owners’, Third Parties Still Feel Bite of Civil Forfeiture Laws

Michael Haugen | August 5, 2016
From over at Mississippi Watchdog comes another story whereby an innocent third-party property owner is finding themselves at the mercy of overly broad asset forfeiture laws—statutes intended to aid…

Black Lives Matter—And So Does Black Liberty

Right on Crime | July 27, 2016
The following remarks are from a speech former Texas Governor and Right on Crime signatory Rick Perry delivered on July 27th at the American Legislative Exchange Council’s annual meeting.…

Utah v. Strieff Doesn’t Give Cops License to Kill the Fourth

Greg Glod | July 25, 2016
This commentary originally appeared in the Washington Examiner on July 25th, 2016. “This case allows the police to stop you on the street, demand your identification, and check it for…

Accuracy in Criminal Records

Right on Crime | July 22, 2016
In this new report for the Center for Effective Justice, policy analyst Dianna Muldrow discusses the need for accuracy in criminal records, as a lack thereof can have adverse…

Right on Crime Statement on Law Enforcement and GOP Embrace of Conservative Criminal Justice Reform

Marc Levin | July 19, 2016
As the nation’s leading conservative criminal justice reform organization, Right on Crime wishes to extend its condolences to all those affected by anti-police violence.  Violence against law enforcement officials…

Author Steven Teles Discusses Genesis of Conservative Justice Reform Efforts on ‘The Federalist Radio Hour’

Michael Haugen | July 12, 2016
In this edition of the ‘The Federalist Radio Hour,’ senior writer Mary Katherine Ham interviews Steven Teles, associate professor of political science at Johns Hopkins University and author of Prison Break:…

#JusticeForAll: How Criminal Justice Reform Is Quickly Becoming A Costly, Big Government Issue

Right on Crime | June 30, 2016
This commentary, written by Brandon Morse, originally appeared at RedState on June 29th, 2016. I was recently invited to DC to take part in a get together on criminal…

Policy Analyst Joe Luppino-Esposito Joins ‘The Scott Adams Show’ to Discuss Criminal Records

Michael Haugen | June 21, 2016
In this interview, policy analyst Joe Luppino-Esposito joins “The Scott Adams Show” to discuss how the current administration is setting various policies regarding the use of criminal records for…

Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn Talks Criminal Justice Reform at AEI

Michael Haugen | June 20, 2016
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…

Tyler Morning Telegraph: Mandatory Sentences ‘Upend’ Separation of Powers

Michael Haugen | June 15, 2016
An editorial in the Tyler Morning Telegraph draws heavily from a new report released by Derek Cohen of the Texas Public Policy Foundation stating that sentencing enhancements—statutory provi­sions that…

Texas’ Mandatory Sentencing Enhancements

Derek M. Cohen | June 14, 2016
A policy product of the general “get tough on crime” era, sentencing enhancements enjoyed a great deal of bipartisan political support during the early 1980s through the late 1990s.…

We Should Be Wary of Using Card Readers to Expand Civil Forfeiture Practices

Michael Haugen | June 10, 2016
While some jurisdictions have been eager in the last several years to pass legislation seeking to curb civil forfeiture—Florida and Nebraska have most recently reformed their systems—law enforcement authorities…

‘Prison Break: Why Conservatives Turned Against Mass Incarceration’

Michael Haugen | May 24, 2016
As part of a continuing discussion about criminal justice reform stemming from the DOJ’s “National Reentry Week” late last month, the American Enterprise Institute hosted a panel of experts…

Nathanael Ferguson: Criminal Justice Reform Is A ‘Moral Imperative’

Michael Haugen | May 13, 2016
In a new column over at Ricochet, Nathanael Ferguson, executive director of Texas Action, takes umbrage with recent suggestions that criminal justice reform is “misguided,” instead saying that the…

Alaska’s Senate Bill 91 Draws On A Decade of Conservative Criminal Justice Reforms

Michael Haugen | May 9, 2016
Facing the prospect of a projected 27% increase to its prison population in the next ten years—at an additional cost to taxpayers of $169 million—Alaskan legislators are on the…

South Carolina and Louisiana Make Progress on ‘Raise the Age’ Legislation

Michael Haugen | May 9, 2016
If recent legislative progress is any indication, two more states—South Carolina and Louisiana—are poised to “raise the age” at which criminal cases involving juvenile offenders could be tried in…

In Tennessee, Occupational Licensing Laws Are Criminalizing Hair Shampooing

Michael Haugen | May 6, 2016
In a new column over at Forbes, Nick Sibilla from the Institute for Justice (IJ) details the case of Tammy Pritchard, whose attempt to earn a better living as…

Oklahoma Adopts Comprehensive Criminal Justice Reforms to Right-Size Prison System

Michael Haugen | April 29, 2016
Note: This article’s headline has been changed since original publication. Facing the prospect of a budget shortfall of over a billion dollars, and having already tapped $27.5 million from…

Right on Crime Signatories Applaud Nebraska’s Civil Asset Forfeiture Reform

Right on Crime | April 28, 2016
Nebraska is the most recent state to require a criminal conviction before law enforcement can forfeit someone’s property. A thorough explanation of civil asset forfeiture, as well as specifics…

Juvenile Justice Reform Gives Kids a Better Vision for their Future

Ken Harvey | April 20, 2016
I’m a lucky man. People may know me for my college and NFL career on the gridiron: I attended UC Berkeley and played for the Arizona Cardinals and Washington…

Civil Asset Forfeiture Has Been Eliminated in the Cornhusker State

Michael Haugen | April 20, 2016
In a boon to innocent property owners in the Cornhusker State, Nebraska has become the 10th state in the country to require a criminal conviction in all or most…

Simple Assault in Airports: Let’s Not Make a Federal Case of It

Joe Luppino-Esposito | April 15, 2016
Ask any air traveler: airports can be stressful places. Flights are often missed, late, canceled or overbooked. When that happens, people are going to get upset and may even…

National Crime Victims’ Rights Week

Right on Crime | April 15, 2016
This week marked National Crime Victims’ Rights Week, a week dedicated to remembering the pain and suffering of those impacted by criminal activity, as well as highlighting solutions to…

The Truth About ‘Ban the Box’

Michael Haugen | April 13, 2016
In the New York Times’ “Room for Debate” series, Koch Industries general counsel Mark Holden penned an article recently explaining that businesses themselves ought to be the progenitor of…

With Gov. Brownback’s Signature of Sweeping Reform Bill, Changes Are Coming for Juveniles in Kansas

Right on Crime | April 11, 2016
Today, Kansas Governor Brownback signed new legislation into effect that will try to keep juvenile offenders near their families while serving their punishments. The goals of the legislation are…

Civil Asset Forfeiture Reform in Texas: Where and When Does it Occur

Michael Haugen | April 8, 2016
Right on Crime just hosted a policy primer—in conjunction with the Charles Koch Institute—that examined new data demonstrating “how much” and “where” civil asset forfeiture occurs in Texas. The…

Right on Crime Signatory B.J. Nikkel: “Colorado Making Progress on Parole Reform”

Michael Haugen | April 6, 2016
In a new column in the Denver Post, Right on Crime signatory and former Colorado House Majority Whip B.J. Nikkel—with Rep. Pete Lee, D-District 18—make the case that, despite…

Right on Crime Welcomes Brent Bozell As Group’s Latest Signatory to Statement of Principles

Right on Crime | April 4, 2016
Right on Crime has welcomed its latest signatory to the group, as long-time conservative commentator L. Brent Bozell, chairman of ForAmerica and founder of the Media Research Center, signed…

Not Enough People in the Clink for Everyday Behavior, Claims Right on Crime

Michael Haugen | April 1, 2016
AUSTIN, TX—Citing continued instances of citizens engaging in otherwise innocuous behavior without repercussions, analysts for Right on Crime, a conservative criminal justice reform effort based in Austin, Texas, are…

In Florida, Major Civil Asset Forfeiture Reform Bill Awaits Governor’s Signature

Greg Glod | March 18, 2016
Florida is a signature away from passing one of the most comprehensive civil asset forfeiture bills in the country. SB 1044, which recently passed unanimously out of the Florida…

New Maryland Bill Would Allow Former Perjurers to Testify On Own Behalf

Right on Crime | March 16, 2016
Imagine being the victim of a heinous crime and having no other witnesses to the act. Now imagine that no court could hear your testimony. That is the real…

After CPAC: The Truth About Criminal Justice Reform, Part 3

Michael Haugen | March 14, 2016
Note: This is the final in a series of three articles that counter comments made by Wisconsin sheriff David Clarke during a panel discussion on criminal justice reform at…

After CPAC: The Truth About Criminal Justice Reform, Part 2

Michael Haugen | March 11, 2016
Note: This is the second in a series of three articles that counter comments made by Wisconsin sheriff David Clarke during a panel discussion on criminal justice reform at…

After CPAC: The Truth About Criminal Justice Reform, Part 1

Michael Haugen | March 10, 2016
Note: This is the first in a series of three articles that counter comments made by Wisconsin sheriff David Clarke during a panel discussion on criminal justice reform at…

Remembering Tiffany Joslyn

Joe Luppino-Esposito | March 9, 2016
The criminal justice reform movement has lost one of its great champions. Tiffany Joslyn tragically died in a car accident this weekend in Rhode Island. Her brother Derrick also…

Survey: Substantial Public Support Exists for Judicial Flexibility in Sentencing, “Good Time” Credits

Michael Haugen | February 12, 2016
A new national survey conducted by The Mellman Group & Public Opinion Strategies on behalf of the Pew Charitable Trusts indicates that public opinions regarding federal sentencing laws, particularly…

Paul, Christie, Fiorina Bow Out, But Leave a Reform Legacy

Right on Crime | February 11, 2016
As Gov. Chris Christie, Carly Fiorina, and Sen. Rand Paul have bowed out of the race for Republican nominee for President, Right on Crime commends them for their efforts…

Signatory Jim Petro: Confusion About Criminal Intent Standards Shouldn’t Imperil Needed Reform

Michael Haugen | February 10, 2016
In a new column published yesterday over at The Hill, former Ohio Attorney General and Right on Crime signatory Jim Petro highlights some of the dynamics of Congressional legislation…

Right on Crime Commends Speaker Ryan For Leadership On Criminal Justice Reform

Right on Crime | February 5, 2016
Austin, TX—Recent comments by House Speaker Paul Ryan that he will schedule a vote on a criminal justice reform bill this year earned praise from Right on Crime, the…

Deputy Director Derek Cohen: Transparency Needed During SWAT Deployments

Right on Crime | January 28, 2016
This week at the Austin City Council, Right on Crime’s Derek Cohen spoke to the Public Safety Committee about having more transparency when Austin SWAT teams are utilized in…

Colson Task Force Releases Report Detailing Recommendations For Federal Corrections Reform

Michael Haugen | January 26, 2016
In a press conference today, members of the Charles Colson Task Force on Federal Corrections released a report detailing the findings of their year-long effort to identify the main…

“Comprehensive and Common Sense Justice Reform in Md.”

Michael Haugen | January 14, 2016
Yesterday in the Baltimore Sun, Right on Crime signatory Robert Ehrlich highlights a comprehensive justice reform package released last month in Maryland that seeks to “further reduce the state’s…

“Obama’s Missed Opportunity on Criminal Justice Reform”

Michael Haugen | January 14, 2016
Over at the Washington Examiner, Right on Crime signatory Jerry Madden remarks with disappointment that in a State of the Union speech that hinted at a bipartisan opportunity to…

State of the Union Speech Reminds Us That Conservatives Will Continue to Lead on Federal Criminal Justice Reform

Joe Luppino-Esposito | January 13, 2016
If you tuned in to the State of the Union Address to hear about federal criminal justice reform, you would have been disappointed. And if you were a minute…

““Obama has one more year to reach out…on Criminal Justice Reform” Says Grover Norquist”

Right on Crime | January 13, 2016
This article, written by Jorge Marin, originally appeared at Americans for Tax Reform on Tuesday, January 12, 2015. Ahead of President Obama’s final State of the Union Address, Americans…

With State of the Union, Obama Has A Last Chance to Lead on Criminal Justice Reform

Michael Haugen | January 12, 2016
In tonight’s State of the Union address, President Obama has an opportunity to draw on the lessons and successes of conservative states to finally propel criminal justice reform into…

“The Government’s Overcriminalization Hypocrisy”

Greg Glod | January 5, 2016
This article originally appeared in Real Clear Policy on December 22nd, 2015. In a report released this week, the Government Accountability Office determined that the EPA’s use of social…

“A Real-Life Horror Story: You Are A Felon and You Didn’t Even Know It”

Greg Glod | December 30, 2015
This article originally appeared at Fox News on December 29th, 2015. Krister Evertson is the type of person we all strive to be: Eagle Scout, National Honor Society member,…

ROC Signatory Norquist Talks Ferguson, Policing

Michael Haugen | December 8, 2015
Last week at the Cato Institute, Americans for Tax Reform President and Right on Crime signatory Grover Norquist gave an address on several concerning aspects of modern American policing…

Now Hiring: Senior Researcher, Center for Effective Justice and Right on Crime

Right on Crime | December 3, 2015
Description: The Texas Public Policy Foundation’s Center for Effective Justice and its Right on Crime initiative is seeking a senior researcher to examine American policing practices to determine how…

Marc Levin: Being ‘Right on Crime’ Means ‘Right-Sizing the Prison System’

Michael Haugen | December 3, 2015
Last month, Avni Majithia-Sejpal, senior writer for the Center for Court Innovation, interviewed Right on Crime Policy Director Marc Levin at the ‘Reinvesting in Justice’ conference in Dallas about…

Our Voluminous Laws And The Need For ‘Mens Rea’ Reform

Michael Haugen | December 1, 2015
As Congress has begun to consider various reforms to the federal criminal justice system in the last several months—sentencing and re-entry policies in particular—another element of federal law that…

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…

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…

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

Right on Crime | 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…

Daily Signal Series Uncovers Philadelphia’s Civil Asset Forfeiture Problem

Right on Crime | 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…

Criminal Justice Reform: ‘The Idea Whose Time Has Come’

Michael Haugen | November 9, 2015
Last week, the Charles Koch Institute hosted a three-day long criminal justice reform summit in New Orleans, titled “Advancing Justice: An Agenda for Human Dignity and Public Safety.” Comprising…

Despite Push on ‘Ban the Box,’ Nondisclosure Is The Best Option

Right on Crime | November 4, 2015
With increased calls nationwide to reduce barriers for ex-offenders as they re-enter society, much of the conversation has centered on “Ban the Box,” an effort to remove questions on…

A ‘Weaponized’ Justice Department Demonstrates Need For Mens Rea Reform

Michael Haugen | November 3, 2015
Last Friday, Ilya Shapiro and Randal John Meyer of the Cato Institute published an article at National Review—“Obama’s Weaponized Justice Department”–highlighting an increasing tendency of the department under the…

Policy Director Marc Levin Joins Panel Highlighting Missouri Criminal Justice System

Michael Haugen | November 2, 2015
At 7 PM Central this evening, Right on Crime Policy Director Marc Levin will be joining a distinguished panel to discuss Missouri’s criminal justice system. Titled “The State of…

Lessons From The States: Federal Criminal Justice Reform

Michael Haugen | October 27, 2015
In a new column published today in Rolling Stone, Iowa senator Chuck Grassley stated, when asked how he came around to advocating reform to the federal prison system, that…

With Gov. Snyder’s Signature, Forfeiture Reform Comes to the Wolverine State

Michael Haugen | October 21, 2015
An important first step in providing Michigan citizens increased property protections was accomplished yesterday afternoon, as Gov. Rick Snyder signed a package of civil asset forfeiture reform bills into…

What Democratic Presidential Candidates’ Said About Criminal Justice Reform at the First Debate

Right on Crime | October 15, 2015
The first debate in the 2016 Democratic presidential primary took place last week at the Wynn Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada.  Five candidates—former Senator Jim Webb, current Vermont Senator…

“Our Debt to Society: The Conservative Case for Criminal Justice Reform”

Right on Crime | October 12, 2015
In remarks to the Heritage Foundation last week, Sen. Mike Lee of Utah made a sweeping moral and practical case for criminal justice reform, on the heels of new legislation…

Crime Surge! — Blood, Well-Told Half-Truths, And Statistics

Chuck DeVore | October 8, 2015
This commentary originally appeared in Forbes on October 7, 2015. In the wake of urban unrest in Ferguson and Baltimore a particular meme has developed that crime is spiking. From the…

The Truth About Federal Sentencing Reform

Michael Haugen | October 6, 2015
In a piece posted at Breitbart on Sunday, columnist Ben Shapiro takes issue with the “Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act” unveiled last week in the Senate, suggesting that the…

Federal Compromise on Criminal Justice Reform Bill Announced in Senate

Right on Crime | 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…

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…

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…

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 released…

Federal Criminal Justice Reform Is Alive And Well

Joe Luppino-Esposito | September 24, 2015
This week, Senator Orrin Hatch delivered a speech on the Senate floor about mens rea reform. Legislation proposed in the House and Senate earlier this year appears to be…

What the Republican Candidates Said About Criminal Justice Reform at the Second Debate

Greg Glod | September 21, 2015
On Wednesday, the top eleven Republican Presidential candidates met at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library for the second Republican debate. The over three-hour marathon discussion focused largely on quibbles…

The Right Prescription for Mental Health in Criminal Justice

Right on Crime | September 18, 2015
On Wednesday, the Texas Public Policy Foundation’s Center for Effective Justice hosted a policy primer entitled “The Right Prescription for Mental Health in Criminal Justice,” which discussed the intersection…

New BJS Report Shows Once Again Declining Incarceration Rates

Right on Crime | September 17, 2015
  The Bureau of Justice Statistics has released the nation’s incarceration number for 2014, and they reveal some notable positive trends. Our country can yet again present a decreasing…

Clocks Are Not Bombs: Overcriminalization of Juveniles in Our Schools

Right on Crime | September 16, 2015
Schools are intended to cultivate curiosity and inventiveness within our youth. Unfortunately, a growing culture of overcriminalization has extended into learning centers and students are being arrested and removed…

Sweeping Civil Asset Forfeiture Reforms In California Falls Short

Michael Haugen | September 14, 2015
Presented with the opportunity to provide residents of the Golden State with some of the country’s strongest protections for property rights, some members of the California State Assembly thought…

Barbershop Blues

Michael Haugen | September 10, 2015
Branding itself as a “high-end gentleman’s barbershop,” Barbiere, located in Washington, Pennsylvania, is a throwback to haircut establishments of generations past. Stating that they “strive to keep traditional barbering…

According to BJS Survey, Criminal Victimizations Continue Their Downward Trend

Michael Haugen | September 8, 2015
A new Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) bulletin released last month examining criminal victimizations for 2014 shows decreases in the incidence of both violent and property crime victimization compared…

Search Warrants Now Required For ‘Stingray’ Device Usage By Federal Authorities

Michael Haugen | September 4, 2015
Yesterday, the Department of Justice issued a new policy directive regarding federal law enforcement’s use of so-called “Stingray” devices, which essentially function as dummy cell towers to acquire certain…

“A Senseless Policy”

Michael Haugen | September 4, 2015
Over at the Weekly Standard, Eli Lehrer, President of the R Street Institute and a Right on Crime signatory, has a new column up challenging the current practice of…

As Congress Deliberates Justice Reforms, Mens Rea Requirements Deserve Consideration

Michael Haugen | September 2, 2015
In a new memorandum published yesterday over at the Heritage Foundation, legal scholar John Malcolm addressed what he characterized as a “pressing need” for mens rea reform at the…

“Correcting the Texas Justice System”

Right on Crime | September 1, 2015
The world of criminal justice policy is changing. This process is not beginning now, but its life is still relatively short. Communities and taxpayers, fed up with inefficient use…

Bipartisan SB 443 Aims For Sweeping Reforms To Civil Asset Forfeiture In The Golden State

Michael Haugen | August 25, 2015
On Saturday last, Chuck DeVore, Vice President of National Initiatives at the Texas Public Policy Foundation, wrote a column for the Sacramento Bee discussing the state of civil asset forfeiture…

Michigan One Step Closer To Major Civil Asset Forfeiture Reforms

Joe Luppino-Esposito | August 21, 2015
Michigan is another step closer to making major reforms to its civil asset forfeiture laws. The Michigan Senate Judiciary Committee unanimously approved several measures that makes civil asset forfeiture…

Texas Senate Criminal Justice Committee Announces Hearings To Investigate Jail Safety Practices

Michael Haugen | August 19, 2015
In a press conference yesterday, Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick and State Sen. John Whitmire announced an expedited hearing schedule for the Senate Criminal Justice Committee, which will be…

Illinois’ Stubbornly High Recidivism Rate, And A Lesson From Texas

Michael Haugen | August 13, 2015
In a new Huffington Post column yesterday, Hilary Gowins points out that Illinois has been lagging behind other states recently in its inability to roll back a stubbornly high…

Newly Proposed State Dept. Regulation Spells Trouble for Online Gun Discussions

Michael Haugen | August 12, 2015
Most firearm enthusiasts don’t give it any second thought when they peruse their favorite forums on the internet to discuss new trends or developments in the world of firearms.…

An Alternative to ‘Ban the Box’

Greg Glod | August 5, 2015
This commentary originally appeared in Real Clear Policy on August 5, 2015 When President Obama called for justice reform at last month’s NAACP Centennial Convention, offender reentry was among…

Advocates, Analysts See Pivotal Moment in Push for Reforms

Derek M. Cohen | August 3, 2015
This commentary, written by Sarah Barr, originally appeared in the Juvenile Justice Information Exchange on August 3, 2015 President Obama’s sweeping speech on criminal justice reform last month included…

Jerry Madden Joins HuffPost Live To Discuss Growing Momentum For Federal Criminal Justice Reform

Right on Crime | July 30, 2015
Yesterday, Right On Crime Senior Fellow Jerry Madden participated in a panel discussion on HuffPost Live, examining recent legislation that seeks to reform a federal criminal justice system that…

Federal Criminal Justice Reform is Long Overdue

Ken Blackwell | July 24, 2015
House Speaker John Boehner’s statement last Thursday calling for criminal justice reform was a welcome cap to a week of bipartisan and inter-branch voices calling for reform of our…

Juvenile Justice Victories and Continued Effort

Right on Crime | July 24, 2015
On May 25, Nevada joined thirteen other states and prohibited the sentencing of juveniles to life without the possibility of parole. This is part of the growing trend reaffirming…

Pat Nolan Discusses Drug Rehab Programs, Justice Reform Legislation on “The Jimmy Barrett Show”

Right on Crime | July 20, 2015
Last Friday, Right on Crime Senior Fellow Pat Nolan appeared on “The Jimmy Barrett Show” to discuss various aspects of the criminal justice system across the country, innovative reforms…

“Wrongful Convictions Tax Relief Act” Would Exempt Restitution Awards From Federal Taxation

Michael Haugen | July 17, 2015
In the 112th Congress, Rep. Sam Johnson (R-TX) and Rep. John Larson (D-CT) introduced H.R. 4241, a bill to “amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to provide tax…

Right on Crime’s Marc Levin Testifies About Criminal Justice Reform On Capitol Hill

Michael Haugen | July 15, 2015
Earlier today, Marc Levin, director for the Center of Effective Justice and Right on Crime, was invited by Utah Representative Jason Chaffetz, chairman of the House Committee on Oversight…

Marc Levin Speaks At FreedomFest About Barriers To Reentry

Greg Glod | July 14, 2015
This past Friday, Marc Levin, Center Director for the Center of Effective Justice and Right on Crime, spoke on a panel at FreedomFest in Las Vegas that focused on…

Right on Crime’s Derek Cohen at Freedom Fest Discussing Overincarceration

Greg Glod | July 13, 2015
This past weekend, Derek Cohen, Deputy Director of the Center for Effective Justice at the Texas Public Policy Foundation and Right on Crime, was a speaker on a panel…

Despite Popular Support For Civil Asset Forfeiture Reform, Significant Obstacles Do Exist

Michael Haugen | July 9, 2015
Over at the Daily Signal, Jason Snead provides a recap from the recent policy primer covering civil asset forfeiture put on by Right on Crime and Americans for Tax…

Nation’s Largest City Launches Initiative To Reduce Pre-Trial Incarceration

Michael Haugen | July 9, 2015
In an effort to address the significant number of accused offenders waiting in jail before their trial date, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has announced a new program…

Lawmakers Give Justice Reforms In Texas A Boost

Jerry Madden | July 2, 2015
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 Conservative Case for Pretrial Justice Reform and Seven Solutions for Right-Sizing the Solution

Right on Crime | 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…

Supreme Court Strikes Down “Residual Clause” of Armed Career Criminal Act

Greg Glod | June 26, 2015
In an opinion that will likely be overshadowed by the Obergefell decision handed down the same day, a major ruling on overcriminalization was delivered at the Supreme Court on…

CATO Podcast: Institute of Justice’s Arif Panju Discusses Asset Forfeiture in the Lone Star State

Michael Haugen | June 26, 2015
In a new CATO podcast, Arif Panju of the Institute for Justice gets into the state of civil asset forfeiture practices in Texas. In a word, Texas isn’t doing…

Fair Sentencing and Fair Chances for the Justice System

Right on Crime | June 25, 2015
A new campaign launched by the Coalition for Public Safety is urging a better understanding of justice reform. This reform incorporates conservative principles such as cost-efficiency and well guarded…

Bipartisan SAFE Justice Act Seeks A Comprehensive Reform To The Federal Justice System

Michael Haugen | June 25, 2015
Since the 1980’s, the federal prison system has undergone a herculean expansion. While in 1980, the population was pegged at a manageable–in today’s terms–24,000, recent counts have the population…

Gelb and Prins: A “Prison Composition Index” Is A More Holistic Approach For Gauging Reform Success

Michael Haugen | June 24, 2015
In a new column published yesterday in the Washington Times, Adam Gelb and Craig Prins, of the Pew Charitable Trusts’ Public Safety Performance Project, state that with 40 years’ worth of evidence…

SCOTUS’ McFadden v. United States Decision A Victory For Mens Rea

Michael Haugen | June 19, 2015
Yesterday, in a fairly short, largely unanimous Supreme Court decision, Justice Clarence Thomas delivered an opinion–Mcfadden v. United States–answering a simple question: how much knowledge is necessary to convict…

Bill Signing in Texas Brings Relief to Juveniles

Right on Crime | June 19, 2015
Yesterday was a good day for justice in Texas. Governor Abbott signed into law measures that will increase attendance at schools, decrease the number of students and their families…

Right on Crime Is Sponsoring This Weekend’s Road To Majority Conference In Washington, D.C.

Michael Haugen | June 18, 2015
Beginning in earnest today in Washington, D.C., Right on Crime is co-sponsoring the Faith and Freedom Coalition’s Road to Majority conference, an event geared for faith-based organizations and conservative…

New Jobs for West Virginia

Right on Crime | June 17, 2015
Noting a national movement, West Virginia may be joining the ranks of states that are encouraging former offenders to employment through second chances. These states are expanding the employment…

Newly Created Alaska Criminal Justice Commission Seeks To Reign In Rising Prison Population, Corrections Costs

Michael Haugen | June 17, 2015
While criminal justice reform packages have moved frustrating slow at times at the federal level, the issue continues to be advanced apace among the states, as leaders in Alaska…

Absent Mothers: Female Incarceration in Texas and the US

Right on Crime | June 15, 2015
Rising incarceration rates have had many unexpected consequences, but one that deserves greater attention is how these rates have affected the incarcerated female population. Throughout history, females have been…

On “The Steve Deace Show,” Senior Policy Analyst Derek Cohen Discusses Right On Crime Initiative

Right on Crime | June 15, 2015
On Friday last week, Right on Crime senior policy analyst Derek Cohen joined guest host Rebecca Maxwell on “The Steve Deace Show” to discuss conservative criminal justice reform. Topics…

ROC’s Senior Policy Analyst Derek Cohen Talks Conservative Justice Reform On “The Bill Meyer Show”

Right on Crime | June 12, 2015
Last week, Right on Crime senior policy analyst Derek Cohen joined “The Bill Meyer Show” on Oregon’s AM-1440 KMED, to discuss the Right on Crime campaign, in particular the…

International Correctional Facility Tour Sends ROC Policy Director Marc Levin To Germany

Right on Crime | June 11, 2015
For four days this month, Right on Crime policy director Marc Levin will have the opportunity to participate in a delegation of American policymakers and justice reform leaders in…

Kansas Gov. Brownback, State Leaders Announce Bipartisan Panel To Investigate Juvenile Justice Reform

Michael Haugen | June 11, 2015
Earlier today, Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback, Chief Justice Lawton Nuss, and legislative leaders announced the creation of a new bipartisan panel tasked with systematically investigating Kansas’ juvenile justice system,…

North Carolina’s “Flip the Prison” Initiative: Converting Old Prisons Into Community Centers For Troubled Youth, Returning Veterans

Michael Haugen | June 8, 2015
Since 2007, many states across the country–particularly in the south–have been responding to impending crises in their criminal justice systems with systemic reforms aimed at reducing recidivism, easing overpopulation,…

New Senate Bill 1513 Would Bolster State And Local Reentry Programs For Ex-Offenders

Michael Haugen | June 5, 2015
In a press release yesterday, Senator Rob Portman (R-Ohio) and Patrick Leahy (D-Vt) announced a new bipartisan bill to reauthorize the Second Chances Act of 2008, a law that…

Pennsylvania Legislators Take Strides in Forfeiture Reform

Right on Crime | June 5, 2015
This legislative session has been a great one for asset forfeiture reform across the states. New Mexico enacted reforms to civil asset forfeiture laws that are leading people to…

Overincarceration Of People With Mental Illness

Right on Crime | 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…

Perspective: The True Cost of Inadequate Community Reintegration of State Jail Offenders in Texas

Right on Crime | May 29, 2015
In a new policy perspective published at the Texas Public Policy Foundation today, some of the consequences of ineffectively reintegrating offenders back into society upon completion of their sentence…

Report: Local Jails Have Significant Costs That Must Be Accurately Stated Before Pursuing Reforms

Michael Haugen | May 29, 2015
In the last decade, much attention has been brought forth about the burgeoning state of our nation’s various justice systems. Lawmakers, communities, and other interested parties have recognized that…

With Passage of AB 267, Nevada Has Abolished Life Without Parole Sentences For Juveniles

Michael Haugen | May 27, 2015
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…

Right On Crime Seeks To Improve The Criminal Justice System In Its Entirety

Michael Haugen | May 20, 2015
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…

Perspectives on Conservative Criminal Justice Reform: Discussions About Reform in 2015

Right on Crime | May 19, 2015
In the last decade, conservatives have become the leaders in criminal justice reform. The issue affects many of the values of the conservative movement, such as public safety and…

Obama Administration Announces Rollback Of Controversial Surplus Military Equipment Program For Law Enforcement Agencies

Michael Haugen | May 18, 2015
After an announcement made by Obama administration officials on Monday, it will now be more difficult for state and local law enforcement agencies to acquire surplus military hardware under…

Despite State-Level Asset Forfeiture Reforms, Practice Continues Apace Among Federal Authorities

Michael Haugen | May 13, 2015
A recent piece in the Washington Post highlights the amount of work yet to be done to curb the use of civil asset forfeiture among federal authorities, despite concurrent efforts…

In New Video, Rick Perry Champions Right on Crime, Texas’ Criminal Justice Reform Successes

Michael Haugen | May 13, 2015
In a new video for Right on Crime, former Texas Gov. Rick Perry extols the groups efforts to introduce smart, liberty-focused reforms to the nation’s complex criminal justice system. In…

Senate Bill 1529 Holds Poorly Performing Law Enforcement Agencies Accountable To Texan Communities

Michael Haugen | May 11, 2015
A new bill being deliberated in the Texas House this week seeks to create additional oversight of law enforcement agencies tasked with serving Texan communities. Authored by Sen. Konni…

MSNBC Panel Highlights Texas’ Leadership On Criminal Justice Reform

Michael Haugen | May 9, 2015
Today on MSNBC’s “The Cycle”, the panel interviewed the editor of a new book entitled “Solutions: America’s Leaders Speak Out on Criminal Justice,” a collection of essays from some…

Alabama’s Sweeping Justice Reinvestment Act Confronts Stubborn Prison Overpopulation, Recidivism

Michael Haugen | May 8, 2015
In an effort to confront a spiraling prison population that is believed to be twice its original maximum capacity, the Alabama legislature on Thursday passed Senate Bill 67–the Justice…

Cornyn on Criminal Justice Reform & Texas’ Example

Michael Haugen | May 7, 2015
Yesterday, Texas Senator John Cornyn took to the Senate floor to address the importance of criminal justice reform in the context of the unrest in Baltimore. He highlighted several…

New ALEC Report Targets Recidivism, Promotes Prison Alternatives

Michael Haugen | May 7, 2015
A recent report by the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) is shining a light on the issue of stubborn recidivism rates across the country, and calls for a new…

Second Chances: Sensible Expansion Of Non-Disclosure Orders Can Help Some Become Productive Citizens

Michael Haugen | May 7, 2015
  In an attempt to ease the ability of individuals with certain minor criminal records to obtain a job or secure housing, the Texas legislature is currently deliberating on…

With Gov. Bullock’s Signature, New Montana Bill Ends Civil Asset Forfeiture

Michael Haugen | May 6, 2015
Joining in the building momentum nationwide to change asset forfeiture practices, Montana Gov. Steve Bullock signed a bill yesterday that institutes sweeping reforms that will protect innocent citizen’s civil…

Criminal Justice Reform Emerging as a Major Issue in 2016 Presidential Election

Greg Glod | May 6, 2015
The economy, foreign affairs, and health care are all issues that we have grown accustomed to as hot button topics during the presidential cycle. Criminal justice reform on the…

House Bill 1490 Seeks To Address Texas’ Lingering Truancy Problem

Michael Haugen | May 5, 2015
In an effort to reduce the number of truancy cases being referred to the courts and help divert students from criminal charges, the Texas House on Wednesday will take…

Passage of Criminal Justice Bills Point to Progress in Oklahoma

Right on Crime | May 4, 2015
Last week the Oklahoma state legislature passed several bills related to criminal justice that show signs of promise for future reforms in the state. The most prominent bill is…

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

Marc Levin | 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,…

Falling Crime Rates Offers Hope of Cutting Costs

Chuck DeVore | April 28, 2015
Former California politician Chuck DeVore–now Vice President of Policy at the Texas Public Policy Foundation–spoke to the San Diego Union-Tribune about a crime equivalent of the so-called “peace dividend.” The article describes…

Efforts to make Oklahoma laws fit the crime

Right on Crime | April 28, 2015
Oklahoma imprisons a larger percentage of its population that 47 other states. The state’s prison population grew 7.4 percent, or close to 2,000 inmates in the last 12 months.…

Securing Nebraska: Correctional Policy Improvements in the Cornhusker State

Marc Levin | April 24, 2015
Applying successful reforms from other states can help Nebraska improve public safety and control costs in the state’s correctional system. Currently the state’s prisons are operating well over capacity,…

Oliver Covers Asset Forfeiture on Last Week Tonight

Right on Crime | April 23, 2015
“Public trust in the police is one of the most vital elements in a civilized society, but for many Americans, that trust has been undermined by a procedure called…

Victims’ Rights are a Conservative Priority

Right on Crime | April 23, 2015
Criminal justice reform is quickly becoming a leading conservative issue across the country. Advocates for public safety, fiscal responsibility, and cost-efficiency are joining forces to improve the state and…

Out-of-control Sentencing and Spending Does Little for Juveniles

Right on Crime | April 20, 2015
Over the last eight years in Texas, the juvenile justice system has been reshaped and reformed. Detention facilities have been shuttered, community supervision has been emphasized, and juvenile arrests…

Conservatives and Liberals Join Together for Criminal Justice Reforms

Pat Nolan | April 16, 2015
For many years, crime was a divisive issue, with bitter partisan battles featured in elections for decades. Now, however, the politics of crime has changed dramatically. Increasingly, left and…

Stakeholders Discuss Major Georgia Justice Reforms

Right on Crime | April 14, 2015
In past years Georgia has seen the same increase in crime and incarceration as the rest of the nation. “Tough on Crime” legislation led to steeply increased prison populations.…

Huge Victory for Fifth Amendment in New Mexico

Right on Crime | April 11, 2015
Advocates, legislators, and citizens have waited to see if New Mexico’s Governor would approve HB 560, after passing both State Houses. Hours ago Governor Susana Martinez signed the bill…

“Second Chance” Legislation is Smart Criminal Justice Reform

Greg Glod | April 10, 2015
A criminal record, however slight, can be a Scarlet Letter that an ex-offender can never shake. Background checks have never been easier to obtain because of the Internet. Combine…

Bipartisan Summit on Criminal Justice Reform a Triumph of Cooperation

Right on Crime | April 9, 2015
On March 26, 2015 the Bipartisan Summit on Criminal Justice Reform was held in Washington DC. The Summit was a triumph of cooperation and collaboration between groups of all…

West Virginia Takes Great Strides in Juvenile Justice Reform

Right on Crime | April 2, 2015
Currently 75 percent of West Virginia’s juvenile incarcerated population is housed by the state because of misdemeanor or status offenses. Status offenses are crimes that are only crimes because…

Religion’s Fight for Criminal Justice

Right on Crime | April 1, 2015
Following the Bipartisan Summit on Criminal Justice Reform, Kelly Thomas of The American Conservative spoke to Right on Crime Director of Outreach Pat Nolan about the role of the religious community…

Rick Perry: America Needs To Stop Jailing So Many Non-Violent Offenders

Right on Crime | April 1, 2015
Our newest Right on Crime signatory is former Texas Governor Rick Perry. He took to the pages of The Federalist today to describe why he joined the campaign. There’s a…

Newt Gingrich: Alabama Prison Reform Bill the ‘Right’ Thing to Do

Right on Crime | April 1, 2015
Right on Crime signatory Newt Gingrich joined up with Alabama State Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh to advocate for that state’s new prison reform bill. As conservatives, we believe…

DC Summit Shows Conservative Principles Being Preached

Right on Crime | March 27, 2015
Today the movers and shakers in criminal justice reform have met in the nation’s capitol to discuss viable options in the future. The surprising number of bipartisan supports of this…

Justice Reform: Georgia’s Bipartisan Cinderella Story

Right on Crime | March 26, 2015
The Federalist’s Rachel Lu describes the scene in Georgia, telling the success story of that state’s criminal justice reform efforts, with Right on Crime leading the way. This Thursday, at…

Treating Kids as Kids to Help Curb Crime

Right on Crime | March 20, 2015
Former House Speaker and Right on Crime signatory Newt Gingrich took to the New York Post to urge support for New York State’s juvenile justice reforms. Taxpayers are entitled…

Candidates Take Criminal Justice Stances

Right on Crime | March 18, 2015
Michael Tanner of the Cato Institute pointed out today that the expected upcoming 2016 candidates are clearly making their opinions on criminal justice reform known, an issue expected to…

New Mexico’s HB560 – Property: Innocent Until Proven Guilty?

Right on Crime | March 16, 2015
Across the country people are becoming more and more aware of asset forfeiture and the conflict that it has with individual rights. Asset forfeiture – whether criminal or civil…

Utah Leaders Bring Reform to the State

Right on Crime | March 13, 2015
Thursday Utah took steps to curb anticipated growth in their criminal justice system. Utah has always had low rates of incarceration, but in recent years that has begun changing.…

Gov. Daugaard Signs Juvenile Justice Overhaul in South Dakota

Right on Crime | March 13, 2015
South Dakota, a state with one of the highest rates of juvenile incarceration, has just taken some meaningful action on the subject, as Senate Bill 73 – the Juvenile Justice Public…

Former Texas Governor Rick Perry Joins Right on Crime Campaign

Right on Crime | March 11, 2015
  For Immediate Release: Austin, TX — Right on Crime today announced the addition of former Texas Governor Rick Perry to its growing list of prominent conservatives committed to…

The Cost of a Cage: Solitary Confinement in Texas

Right on Crime | March 11, 2015
When offenders leave prison after having served their sentence, the hope is that they will have learned from the experience and make a serious effort to reintegrate into the…

Keene: Utah’s Justice-Reform Effort is Good, Conservative Government

Right on Crime | March 10, 2015
Right on Crime signatory David Keene took to the pages of the Salt Lake Tribune to argue for Utah’s HB348. It passed.  Like most conservatives, I believe public safety should…

Risk-needs Assessments Provide Security

Right on Crime | March 10, 2015
From The Hill: Judges and parole boards make decisions about bail, probation, and parole every day. Due to overloaded dockets, weighty decisions often must be made quickly, sometimes with insufficient information.…

Alabama: Desperate Times, Much Needed Measures

Right on Crime | March 6, 2015
Right on Crime senior fellow Jerry Madden has been present and working in Alabama recently, discussing criminal justice reform with that state’s legislators, media and activists. On Tuesday, the Alabama…

Fish Case a Victory Against Overcriminalization

Right on Crime | March 3, 2015
On Thursday, for the first time, the word “overcriminalization” appeared in the body of a U.S. Supreme Court opinion. The word — which refers to the tendency to treat…

In State of the State Addresses, Conservative Governors Highlight Criminal Justice Reform

Right on Crime | March 3, 2015
This winter, Governors’ across the country are making their State of the State address, summing up past accomplishments and highlighting the priorities that they hold for their administrations. After…

It’s time to tackle America’s jail problem

Marc Levin | March 3, 2015
Marc Levin describes the impetus behind the new right-left alliance on criminal justice reform at FoxNews.com. There’s not much the right and left agree on these days, but one notable…

Reducing Inmates Can Reduce Crime

Marc Levin | March 3, 2015
Marc Levin, Policy Director of Right on Crime, engaged in the “Room for Debate” discussion in the New York Times: Every week, 220,000 Americans enter local jails, with about…

Pre-Trial Justice 101: Key Points for Policymakers

Marc Levin | March 2, 2015
AUSTIN – The Texas Public Policy Foundation today released a paper by Center for Effective Justice Director Marc Levin outlining recommendations for effective pretrial justice. The paper, Pretrial Justice 101:…

Mike Klein: Next Move for Georgia Justice Reform Belongs to Legislators

Right on Crime | February 11, 2015
Mike Klein, criminal justice commentator, writes: Georgia legislators will soon have the opportunity to reconfigure the state’s troubled adult misdemeanor private probation industry, redesign juvenile justice technology information tools…

Juvenile Bills Promise New Future in West Virginia

Right on Crime | February 7, 2015
Bills have just been introduced into the West Virginia House and Senate that will significantly affect their juvenile justice system. Despite the juvenile incarceration rate dropping in almost every…

Modernizing Parole Supervision to Enhance Workforce Outcomes

Right on Crime | December 23, 2019
Parole offices can play the role of the coordinating body for workforce development to improve public safety and employment outcomes. By improving access to tangible resources and services for…
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