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Right on Crime

June 3, 2015

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Overincarceration Of People With Mental Illness

| June 3, 2015

In a new white paper for the Texas Public Policy Foundation, mental health policy fellow Kate Murphy and policy intern Christi Barr present some of the myriad issues attendant with the overincarceration of people with mental illnesses in Texas, and make recommendations for both local and state governments to encourage alternatives when feasible. ...

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Perspective: The True Cost of Inadequate Community Reintegration of State Jail Offenders in Texas

| May 29, 2015

In a new policy perspective published at the Texas Public Policy Foundation today, some of the consequences of ineffectively reintegrating offenders back into society upon completion of their sentence are brought to bare. "The True Cost of Inadequate Community Reintegration of State Jail Offenders in Texas," by Kate Murphy, policy fellow in ment...

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Bringing Balance to Pretrial Proceedings: Solutions for Early Representation of Indigent Defendants

| May 1, 2015

Introduction In recent years, there has been a surge of interest in Texas prison reform. Prison, however, is just one component of the criminal justice system. It is jails, the front door of the justice system, that touch the most people. Nationally, there are 12 million annual jail admissions, about 19 times the number of those entering state a...

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Success of Justice Reinvestment Becoming Indisputable

| January 27, 2014

A new report released today by the Urban Institute highlights the efforts of states to reduce their prisoner count, crime rates, and impact on their budgets.  The Justice Reinvestment Initiative State Assessment Report analyzed 17 state-level reform efforts that have taken place over the last three years in states like Arkansas, Georgia, South Car...

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Right on Crime

January 10, 2014

CQ Researcher: Sentencing Reform

| January 10, 2014

In a report published by CQ Researcher, Marc Levin is interviewed about ROC and its efforts to rehabilitate offenders so that they may have successful re-entries to society. "...the majority of people in the criminal justice system can, with the right intervention, be put on the right track to being a productive, law-abiding citizen." Click h...

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Right on Crime

December 18, 2013

The Comeback and Coming-from-Behind States

| December 18, 2013

  New report from the Texas Public Policy Foundation and National Juvenile Justice Network: The conclusion of the Comeback States report made a case that additional reductions in youth incarceration were needed beyond those achieved in the 2001-to-2010 period. Reasons given for the need for further reductions included: the ...

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Right on Crime

November 11, 2013

The “Mens Rea” Component Within the Issue of the Over-Federalization of Crime

| November 11, 2013

John S. Baker Jr., William J. Haun of the Federalist Society discuss the Task Force on Overcriminalization's re-consideration of "the wisdom of enacting so many federal criminal laws." Click here to read the full publication....

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Criminalizing America: How Big Government Makes a Criminal of Every American

| November 8, 2013

"An estimated 4,450 federal crimes and 300,000 federal regulations attach criminal sanctions and penalties to everyday activities average Americans and business owners have little way of knowing are crimes. As a result, well-meaning, law-abiding American citizens and business owners spend innumerable hours and dollars fending off criminal prosec...

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New sentencing study released in Louisiana

| October 29, 2013

Today, the Reason Foundation, in conjunction with the Pelican Institute for Public Policy and the Texas Public Policy Foundation’s Center for Effective Justice, has announced the release of “Smart on Sentencing, Smart on Crime:  An Argument for Reforming Louisiana’s Determinate Sentencing Laws.”  The paper, authored by Lauren Galik and Ju...

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State criminal justice reforms in action

| October 17, 2013

This new ROC infographic gives the facts about criminal justice in Texas and proves that our reforms are effective. Check out the infographic below and and click here to read more about state-level reforms. [Click here to enlarge infographic]  ...

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Georgia passes juvenile justice reforms

| July 29, 2013

The Georgia House recently passed a juvenile justice reform bill which will save an estimated $85 million over five years and "reduce recidivism by focusing on out-of-home facilities on serious offenders and investing in evidence-based programs," according to a Pew report. This bill addresses findings by the Special Council on Criminal Justice Refo...

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ROC signatory George Kelling’s “broken windows” policy implemented in Detroit

| July 29, 2013

The new "broken windows" policing policy in Detroit, developed in partnership with the Manhattan Institute, has demonstrated a double-digit reduction in crime in the first twelve months. "In the 1980s, George Kelling, along with the late James Q. Wilson, developed an innovative order maintenance policy that came be to be known as "broken windows...

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May 22, 2013

New infographic shows Oregon needs reform

| May 22, 2013

Please take a moment to watch this new infographic from Right on Crime. The data clearly shows that Oregon needs sentencing reform to keep criminal justice costs down and reduce crime....

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New Cascade Policy Institute paper on criminal justice reform in Oregon

| April 3, 2013

Check out the brand new paper released by the Cascade Policy Institute in Oregon. It's entitled, "Protecting Public Safety and Reducing Correctional Costs in Oregon." Here is an excerpt: It is also the case that effective law enforcement strategies deter crime, and sensible approaches to community corrections may reduce recidivism. For these ...

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March 21, 2013

Texas Prisons from 1845 to 2011

| March 21, 2013

Check out this great graphic on the number of Texas prisons from 1845 - 2011. ...

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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.