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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…

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…

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…

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.…

Florida Support for the First Step Act

Right on Crime | November 27, 2018
 November 27, 2018  Senator Marco Rubio  284 Russell Senate Office Building  Washington, DC 20510  RE: Florida support for the First Step Act    Dear Senator Rubio,  The nation is…

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…
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