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From Tax Burdens to Tax Payers

Scott Peyton | June 30, 2020
In August of 2018, my predecessor, Elain Ellerbe, introduced Right on Crime’s A Handbook for Employers: From Tax Burdens to Tax payers: Why Hiring the Previously Incarcerated is Right…

On Mask Wearing, Don’t Use Law Enforcement As Hall Monitors

Michael Haugen | June 23, 2020
Faced with the inability to slap the wrists of citizen’s themselves for not wearing masks in public, local officials in Texas are beginning to resort to the next best…

Recapping the 2020 Session in Louisiana

Scott Peyton | June 5, 2020
The Louisiana 2020 Legislative session certainly was memorable. It began with my first grandchild, Lucy Louise Peyton, who was born on March 9, 2020, the first day of the…

Governor Hutchinson and the Arkansas Department of Corrections Show a Smarter Way to Fight COVID-19 in State Prisons

John Koufos | June 2, 2020
Like state prisons across the country, prisons in Arkansas are too crowded to safely deal with the highly contagious COVID-19 pandemic. Already strained for capacity before the pandemic, Arkansas prisons…

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…

Justice, Rights, and Hope for Victims

Scott Peyton | May 26, 2020
Across the country, April 19-25 is National Crime Victims’ Rights Week. This year’s theme is “Seek Justice | Ensure Victims’ Rights | Inspire Hope.”  Criminal justice advocacy must account…

Governor Wolf’s Reprieve Order is Smart and Timely

John Koufos | May 20, 2020
Social distancing is difficult enough in densely packed urban areas like New York City, which has become the epicenter of the pandemic in the country in no small part…

Re-Entry Ready Louisiana

Scott Peyton | May 7, 2020
HB 77 allows the use of technology—such as video conferencing—and provides flexibility of reporting for those employed.

Pandemic Or Not, Alternatives to In-Person Supervision Contacts Are Good Policy

Scott Peyton | April 23, 2020
During my 10 years as a Louisiana Probation and Parole (PNP) officer, I kept hand sanitizer with me at all times. PNP officers are exposed to a wide array…

Louisiana Passed Justice Reforms in 2017, But How Much Is Being Utilized?

Scott Peyton | March 16, 2020
This year we saw the LSU Tigers take home a National Championship. For the first time in many years, maybe decades, the Tigers had an unbelievable defense, offense and…

Businesses Working to Give Kentuckians Second Chances

Aubrey Vaughan Travis | February 26, 2020
There is a promising cultural shift across the business community in Kentucky to hire those needing a second chance after re-entering the workforce. Read more

Yes, Drug Courts Are Working in Louisiana

Scott Peyton | February 12, 2020
In 2017, the Louisiana Legislature, with overwhelming bipartisan support, passed ten reforms (sponsored by six republicans, two democrats, and one independent) supported by data and aimed at safely reducing…
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