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.

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…

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…

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:…

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…

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…

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…

Right on Crime’s Journalists’ Guide to Federal Sentencing Reform

Joe Luppino-Esposito | March 10, 2016
Federal criminal justice reform may be the most important legislation that emerges from Washington, D.C. in 2016. Policymakers on both sides of the aisle have expressed a desire to…

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…

“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…
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