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.

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…

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…

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…

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…

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 —…

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…

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…

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…

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.…

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,…

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…
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