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Chelsea Murphy

August 16, 2017

Right on Crime Attends 2017 NCSL Legislative Summit in Boston

| August 16, 2017

This past week, Right on Crime had the honor to attend the National Conference for State Legislators (NCSL) in Boston, Massachusetts. Every summer, thousands of legislators and staff come together for NCSL, which features more than 100 sessions and presentations from nationally renowned experts on the most critical state issues. Marc Levin, our Dir...

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Opioid Crisis Declared a National Emergency

| August 15, 2017

On August 10th, President Trump announced that the opioid epidemic had risen to the level of a national emergency.  In making his remarks, President Trump vowed to “spend a lot of time, a lot of effort and a lot of money on the opioid crisis."  He aptly characterized the crisis as "a serious problem the likes of which we have never had." To ...

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Employment is Key to Reentry Success

| August 10, 2017

According to the Bureau of Justice statistics, approximately one in three adults in the US have a criminal record, and men with criminal records account for about 34 percent of all nonworking men ages 25 to 54.  There is a total estimated loss to the national economy of $78 to $87 billion every year as a result of people with criminal records bein...

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Criminal or Victim?

| August 10, 2017

Yesterday afternoon, while I was working on a blog post that focused on substance abuse as primarily a public health issue, I received a text from my sister informing me that a friend from our church back home just committed suicide after years of battling addiction. While timely, my original blog—full of stats and research findings—failed to d...

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Expanding Work Release Helps Everyone

| August 10, 2017

For probationers in Wisconsin, a probation hold, a decision made by a probation officer to lock up a probationer for any number of reasons, can mean the difference between being employed or not. A hold can be issued to start a probation revocation process, to sanction the probationer for a minor violation, or even just to investigate some allegatio...

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Punishment and Encouragement – Strange but Effective Partners in Offender Behavior

| August 10, 2017

In a recent blog published in The Hill by Adam Gelb, Pew’s director of Public Safety Performance Project, and Barbara Broderick, a chief probation and parole officer in Maricopa County, Arizona, the two criminology experts noted that rewards are far better “shapers of behavior than punishments”.   Having experienced this phenomenon in my wo...

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Chuck DeVore

August 8, 2017

America’s Opioid Crisis Worse Than Reported, Killing More Than 47,000 In 2014

| August 8, 2017

This article by Chuck DeVore originally appeared in Forbes, August 8th, 2017. Earlier this year the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a report that suggested a significant number of opioid related deaths were incorrectly attributed to pneumonia and other infectious diseases made worse by drug abuse. The study, by C...

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Yes, Tennessee is Ready for Justice Reform

| August 8, 2017

Increasingly, I approach the news with a certain amount of dread—especially the local news that seems to greet me every morning with a rundown of the violent crime that took place in Nashville overnight.  For most of us in Tennessee, dread becomes frustration when lawmakers continue to push a status quo agenda as the solution for Tennessee’s v...

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Texan Spurs Oklahoma Governor to Reform Justice System

| August 7, 2017

Right On Crime (ROC) takes center stage in this NewsOK article from Capitol reporter Dale Denwalt. In the article, ROC Signatory Jerry Madden explains why he is getting involved in Oklahoma's criminal justice reform efforts by reaching out to Governor Mary Fallin, Senate Pro Tem Mike Schultz, and House Speaker Charles McCall. Madden wrote a lett...

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Geriatric Parole Should Be Considered in Louisiana

| August 3, 2017

Parole for geriatric prisoners was left out of the justice reforms package passed this summer. The Justice Reinvestment Task Force included parole eligibility for geriatric prisoners in their list of recommendations, but the legislature decided not to implement it this session.   According to the Pew Charitable Trust’s Public Safety Team many of...

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The Way Forward

| August 3, 2017

The Tennessee Department of Corrections concluded its 2016 Annual Report with a frank, yet reflective vision of “the way forward.”  In so doing, it recognized that “offenders who experience carefully conceived transitions from incarceration to the community are more likely to succeed than offenders who are not transitioned” (Department of ...

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A Felony Doesn’t Have to be Forever

| August 3, 2017

What if a felony conviction did not mean a lifetime of dealing with collateral consequences?  Senator Leah Vukmir and Representative Joe Sanfelippo are pushing legislation, Senate Bill 57 and Assembly Bill 91 that creates an option for courts to amend felony convictions to misdemeanor convictions.  In cases of low-level felonies, defendants can a...

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Ten Years of Criminal Justice Reform in Texas

| August 1, 2017

This essay originally appeared in the July edition of Veritas, a quarterly publication of the Texas Public Policy Foundation. If one were to search for an example to prove correct the old English proverb that “necessity is the mother of all invention,” they could do no better than to look towards the pickle that Texas found itself in a de...

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Unity in Diversity – Louisiana’s Criminal Justice Reform Champions

| August 1, 2017

The much needed criminal justice reforms that came out of the 2017 Louisiana Legislature were historic. One element that warrants a closer look is the diverse group of elected officials, court practitioners, law enforcement, community advocates, business people, faith-based organizations and even ex-offenders, working together to forge this firs...

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Rethinking the Scope of Drug Free School Zone

| August 1, 2017

In 1995, Tennessee enacted The Drug Free School Zone Act—contained in § 39-17-432—for the stated “purpose of providing vulnerable persons in this state an environment in which they can learn, play and enjoy themselves without the distractions and dangers that are incident to the occurrence of illegal drug activities.” The Act is intended t...

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Should we spend $89,000 to separate a child from his parents?

| July 31, 2017

We all make mistakes, but not all mistakes result in the same consequences. Sometimes, consequences can lead to the restriction of liberty. For children, in more extreme cases, it can even lead to being separated from their parents and sentenced to correctional facilities. In the state of Kansas, putting a child into a correctional facility cost...

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Draconian Sanctions Don’t Work

| July 28, 2017

Across the country, folks are beginning to understand that unsuccessful re-entry policies contribute to high recidivism rates. We especially see more conservative lawmakers question whether the prohibitions or impositions directed toward individuals re-entering society are effectively serving the interest of public safety - or if they’re setting ...

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Michael Haugen

July 27, 2017

GAO: ‘Enhanced Controls’ Needed to Prevent Fraudulent Surplus Military Gear Transfers

| July 27, 2017

A controversial federal program providing surplus military gear to federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies hasn’t been properly verifying applications for the transfer of various controlled property, including simulated rifles and pipe bombs, a new report by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) has found. The 1033 program, adm...

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Kentucky’s Commitment to Criminal Justice Reform

| July 25, 2017

The State of Kentucky has exhibited tremendous leadership in the area of criminal justice reform.  Over the last few years the State has endeavored to thoroughly examine its adult and juvenile justice systems, resulting in sweeping, effective reforms. While perhaps not the first chapter in the story of Kentucky’s reform efforts, 2014 saw one ...

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Barriers to Re-entry Hurt Society as a Whole

| July 25, 2017

The United States Supreme Court recently entered an opinion in Packingham v. North Carolina. 2017. _ U.S. _ (June). In a roundabout way, it touched on the merits of state laws that obstruct an individual’s successful re-entry into society. I submit that the real impact of the holding is the underlying acknowledgement that the system which governs...

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