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Overcriminalization

Thousands of harmless activities are now classified as crimes in the United States. These are not typical common law crimes such as murder, rape, or theft. Instead they encompass a series of business activities such as importing orchids without the proper paperwork, shipping lobster tails in plastic bags, and even failing to return a library book.

A Conservative Case for Drug-Free School Zone Reform

Julie Warren | May 28, 2020
In 1995, Tennessee enacted The Drug Free School Zone Act—contained within § 39-17-432—for the stated “purpose of providing vulnerable persons in this state an environment in which they can…

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…

We Are Learning About Tennessee’s Incarceration Practice, And How Tennesseans Feel About It

Julie Warren | November 14, 2019
We incarcerate a lot of people in Tennessee. A recent study by the Crime and Justice Institute (CJI) found that Tennessee’s incarceration rate is 10 percent higher than the…

Why is it so Hard to Reform Criminal Justice?

Randy Petersen | May 10, 2019
Policing is a core function of government, one of its few necessary functions, but is also the most intrusive institution in all of government. A deliberate restraint on government’s…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…
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