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Right on Crime

January 28, 2020

A Window Into Solitary Confinement and Its Many Alternatives

| 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 is subject to being used too frequently. Marc Levin, Right on Crime's vice president of criminal justice, explains how solitary confinement poli...

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Right on Crime

January 6, 2020

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

| 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 greatly impacts the rest of their life trajectory. This report highlights the challenges inherent with addressing criminal and behavioral maladies among emerging adu...

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Right on Crime

December 23, 2019

Modernizing Parole Supervision to Enhance Workforce Outcomes

| 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 their caseloads, parole offices enhance their ability to promote attachment to protective factors like employment and housing, reliably reduce recidivism, an...

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Getting Technical: Preventing and Responding to Technical Supervision Violations and Misdemeanors

| December 18, 2019

Many states have experienced stubbornly high rates of revocations from community supervision in recent years, especially for technical violations. This paper examines several of the best policies and practices to address these violations. [pdf-embedder url="http://rightoncrime.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/12/Haugen-Technical-Supervision-Violation...

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Derek M. Cohen

November 7, 2019

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Police Use of Force: Foresight Over Hindsight

| 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 responses to actual circumstances. Key points: Adopt and inculcate the Integrating Communications, Assessment, and Tactics training model proposed by...

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Community Supervision in Tennessee

| 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.   ...

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Community Supervision in Wisconsin

| 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 amount of time that people are sentenced to post-prison supervision. ...

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Greg Glod

June 3, 2019

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Community Corrections in Florida

| 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 tactic, there are areas in which the system can improve. Glod discusses these in order to discover how community supervision can be most effective in order ...

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Unions Alarmingly Misrepresent SB 815

| 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 of the alleged conduct, the legislature is making the statute’s intended use clear.   It would shock Texans if certain offenses were manipulated as a “tool”...

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Marc Levin

May 17, 2019

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Ten Tips for Policymakers for Improving Parole

| 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. ...

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Ten Tips for Policymakers for Improving Probation

| 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 of incarcerated individuals, and an increase in public safety. ...

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Results-Oriented Solutions for Probation Funding

| 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 programs at the outset, reduce revocations to prison, or both. Doing this, rather than basing funding largely upon the number of peopl...

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Oklahoma District Attorney Supervision: An Unpopular Patchwork Policy

| 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 on the backs of offenders. Investigating fees and programs in the state’s criminal justice system leaves one with the question: What exactly are these fees paying...

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

| 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, were created to address problems of drug use, abuse, and drug-related criminal offenses, Glod discusses how they have not worked i...

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Right on Crime

May 31, 2018

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

| 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 makes evidence-based recommendations to improve public safety while reducing the number of defendants held on pretrial detention. Solutions outlined in t...

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Randy Petersen

February 23, 2018

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The Conservative Case for Policing Reforms

| 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. These areas are police militarization, their place in the community, hiring and training, and lawmaking. This report recommends that in order to bette...

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

| 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 of the prevailing issues found throughout the state is that many people are opting for state jail—which may only be a few months given the credit for time spent in ...

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Raising the Age of Juvenile Court Jurisdiction in Texas

| 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 effective tools to punish and rehabilitate most youthful offenders. Cohen and Holik conclude by recommending that Texas "raise the age" of criminal res...

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Right on Crime

April 19, 2017

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

| 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. [pdf-embedder url="http://rightoncrime.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/2017-03-PP05-PrearrestPrebookingDiversion-CEJ-RandyPeterson.pdf"]...

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Right on Crime is a national campaign to promote successful, conservative solutions on American criminal justice policy—reforming the system to ensure public safety, shrink government, and save taxpayers money. By sharing research and policy ideas and mobilizing strong conservative voices, we work to raise awareness of the growing support for effective reforms within the conservative movement. We are transforming the debate on criminal justice in America.