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Katie Greer

July 13, 2018

Federal court rules in favor of bail reform

| July 13, 2018

A federal court’s recent ruling in favor of New Jersey’s cash bail reform should embolden lawmakers’ efforts to re-center their criminal justice systems on public safety. U.S. Third Circuit Court of Appeals rejected a lawsuit against the state of New Jersey in which a bail bond company maintained that a violent offender was denied his cons...

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Money should not come before safety

| July 9, 2018

This blog by Julie Warren was originally published by the Beacon Center July 9th, 2018. The principle of innocent until proven guilty is a bedrock of America’s criminal justice system. However, the favor that courts and prosecutors continue to lavish upon pretrial detention and our bail system has eroded that same bedrock of our justice system...

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Right on Crime

July 6, 2018

Texas Senators should follow lead of state’s criminal justice successes

| July 6, 2018

This article by Right on Crime signatories, former Texas State Rep. Jerry Madden and Deason Capital Services President Doug Deason, originally appeared in the Houston Chronicle July 6th, 2018. In May, the U.S. House of Representatives resoundingly voted in favor of the FIRST STEP ACT, a prison reform bill based on data and designed to give offen...

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Katie Greer

July 3, 2018

Too many American dreams are stolen by civil asset forfeiture

| July 3, 2018

(Photo by Institute for Justice) People come to the United States to build a better life. A large part of that is the opportunity to earn a living in a land where hard work can pay off – literally. Ohioan Rustem Kazazi learned that first-hand. At the age of 64, and after many years of hard work, he decided to take twelve years’ worth of s...

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In rural areas, jail populations are skyrocketing — including pretrial detainees

| July 3, 2018

This article by Michael Haugen originally appeared in National Review July 3rd, 2018.   Although never explicitly codified in the Constitution, the axiom that a person is considered innocent until he or she has been proven guilty of a crime is a bedrock principle of our justice system. Indeed, the Supreme Court held in 1987 that while it...

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Elain Ellerbe

June 28, 2018

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Louisiana’s new incarceration ranking should not be taken lightly or for granted

| June 28, 2018

According to a new report by the Prison Policy Initiative, Oklahoma has now surpassed Louisiana as the largest incarcerator in the United States by rate. Louisiana’s fall in the incarceration rankings was anticipated by many proponents due to the historic criminal justice reforms that were passed in 2017. Additionally, recent reports coming from ...

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Greg Glod

June 25, 2018

Iowa Supreme Court rules in favor of property owner’s rights in major civil asset forfeiture case

| June 25, 2018

This blog by Greg Glod originally appeared at the Federalist Society June 23rd, 2018. On May 25, the Iowa Supreme Court issued an opinion in the case In the Matter of Property Seized from Jean Carlos Herrerra and Fernando Rodriguez that will have major implications regarding how the state’s civil asset forfeiture procedures will be conducted...

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Katie Greer

June 22, 2018

It’s time for the government to get off taxpayers’ lawns

| June 22, 2018

This article by Katie Greer originally appeared in The Hill June 21st, 2018. Owning a home is a cornerstone of the American dream. Homeownership can feel extremely freeing and fulfilling — until it’s not. In the sleepy suburb of Doraville, Georgia, homeowner Hilda Brucker received a call out of the blue from the municipal court threateni...

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Right on Crime

June 20, 2018

A rare chance for Congress to bring real reform and make our communities safer

| June 20, 2018

This article by Ken Cuccinelli, former Virginia Attorney General and signatory to Right on Crime's statement of principles, originally appeared in Fox News June 20th, 2018. The desire for safer communities and lower crime rates knows no ideology. But now, with a serious prison reform measure that would help achieve those goals gaining momentum i...

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Juvenile justice still isn’t in Louisiana

| June 20, 2018

Photo credit: Matthew Hinton of The Advocate  Long before Louisiana dived into reforming its criminal justice system lawmakers restructured the state’s juvenile system with the passage of the Juvenile Justice Reform Act 1225 in 2003. This came after reports of violence within the secure youth detention centers.  Additionally, litigation with...

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Rob Henneke

June 19, 2018

Deportable aliens won’t benefit from the FIRST STEP Act

| June 19, 2018

The U.S. House of Representatives last month overwhelmingly passed the Formerly Incarcerated Reenter Society Transformed Safely Transitioning Every Person Act (“FIRST STEP Act”) (H.R. 5682). The FIRST STEP Act is truly that, movement forward to reform the criminal justice system in ways that builds consensus and will show the American people th...

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Rural America isn’t exactly the most ‘free’

| June 19, 2018

Rural areas carry a sense of freedom that’s distinct from the city life. People typically move to the outskirts to get away from urban environments where curtains and walls somehow seem useless. The rural landscape offers a lot more opportunities for privacy than a New York walkup, but there are also downsides that have largely gone unnoticed. ...

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Right on Crime

June 18, 2018

Mitch McConnell has a chance to reduce the cycle of crime

| June 18, 2018

This article by Rebecca Hagelin, Right on Crime signatory and member of the Executive Committee of the Council for National Policy, originally appeared in Washington Times June 18th, 2018. Do you think the United States Senate is sufficiently tough on crime? Are you? I used to be a “lock ‘em up and throw away the key” conservative. Af...

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Father’s Day in prison separates families — Let’s remember them

| June 18, 2018

This article by Pat Nolan, director of the Center for Criminal Justice Reform at the American Conservative Union Foundation and Right on Crime signatory, originally appeared in FOX News, June 17th, 2018. Father’s Day celebrates the role fathers play in our lives and gives us a chance to acknowledge their important and unique influence. It’s al...

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Andrew Speno

June 13, 2018

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Oklahoma is officially number one

| June 13, 2018

Photo credit: Tom Luker/Tulsa World As Oklahomans, we are accustomed to bracing ourselves for the worst whenever a new list of state rankings comes out.  But our newest claim to the bottom spot should alarm taxpayers above and beyond the norm. Oklahoma has long claimed the dubious distinction of being the number-one incarcerator of women.  Ho...

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Cash Bail: Putting a Price on Freedom

| June 13, 2018

Across the U.S. presently, several states are tackling controversial issues related to their bail systems.  Right on Crime has advocated for reforms to the bail system that would tie a person’s risk level, rather than their ability to pay, to whether they are released on bail, released without bail, or denied bail. Based upon new research coming...

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Currie Myers

June 7, 2018

America’s sheriffs should support the FIRST STEP Act

| June 7, 2018

This article by retired sheriff Currie Myers originally appeared in Real Clear Policy June 7th, 2018. The FIRST STEP Act (H.R. 5682) was passed by the House of Representatives on May 22, and the Senate is expected to consider the bill in the coming weeks. The bill incentivizes participation in rehabilitation programs with the opportunity to ga...

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Elain Ellerbe

June 6, 2018

Mental illness should not be a crime

| June 6, 2018

A recent exposé by Reuters on inmate deaths at the East Baton Rouge Parish (EBR) Jail comes as no surprise to this life-long resident of the parish.  For many years, the EBR Jail has been fraught with failures to provide sufficient medical and mental health services to the approximately 1,500 offenders held at the facility.  The continued lack o...

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Fund courts properly to avoid burden on taxpayers

| June 5, 2018

This article by Elain Ellerbe originally appeared in The Advocate June 4th, 2018. In the Legislature's last session, House Bill 249 passed that allows judges to waive or provide alternatives to some fines and fees if payment would cause financial hardship. This bill prevents taxpayers from footing the cost of jailing people simply because they c...

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Right on Crime

June 1, 2018

Don’t kick the can down the road on prison reform — now is the time for change

| June 1, 2018

This article by Former New York City Police Commissioner and Right on Crime Signatory Bernard Kerik originally appeared in The Hill June 1st, 2018. Last week, as Washington focused on a controversial House prison reform bill sponsored by Rep. Doug Collins (R-Ga.) and Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-N.Y.) titled The First Step Act, a few things relat...

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