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Counting Criminal Justice to Save Money and Improve Public Safety

| May 24, 2017

This article by Chelsea Murphy, Florida director at Right on Crime, and Richard Doran, former attorney general of Florida, originally appeared in Tampa Bay Times on May 23, 2017. Here's an idea: What if we were to collect data from our criminal justice system, like we do for hospitals and schools, and use that data to tell us more about how ou...

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Opioid Addictions Won’t be Cured by Tough Sentences

| May 23, 2017

This article by Right on Crime signatories, Newt Gingrich and Pat Nolan, originally appeared in Fox News on May 22, 2017. One of the most important promises President Trump made during the campaign was his pledge to end the opioid epidemic – and he has taken some strong steps toward making good on that promise, including the creation of a c...

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Michael Haugen

May 22, 2017

A Better Bail System for Texas

| May 22, 2017

This article originally appeared in the El Paso Times on May 19, 2017. We all know that, in America, a defendant is considered innocent until proven guilty, and it can be too easy to take that for granted. After all, it’s government that bears the burden of showing beyond a reasonable doubt that the law has been broken, and only at that poin...

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Bail Reform: Smart Choice for Taxpayers and Public Safety

| May 22, 2017

This article originally appeared in TribTalk on May 19, 2017. On any given day, there are more than 400,000 Americans sitting in jails around the country who haven’t been convicted of committing  crimes. They haven’t even faced trial — they’re simply waiting for their day in court. This group of people, a little larger than the populatio...

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Is It Time to Scale Back on SWAT Teams?

| May 19, 2017

This article originally appeared in The Hill on May 18, 2017. It began with an Austin Police helicopter circling the skies over his normally quiet neighborhood and ended with tear gas rounds shattering the windows and a small army of SWAT officers breaching the door and detonating flashbang grenades in his neighbor’s home. Between these two e...

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Haley Holik

May 12, 2017

Raise the Age to Lower Crime

| May 12, 2017

This article originally appeared in Tyler Morning Telegraph on May 9, 2017.   Most 17-year-olds are in high school. Their parents still ground them, and they have to ask to borrow the car. Besides being able to get into R-rated movies, they possess the same adolescent freedom as 16-year-olds. Yet, in Texas, 17-year-olds are prosecuted a...

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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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Texas Should Close Prisons, but Strengthen Alternatives

| May 9, 2017

This article, written by Marc Levin, originally appeared in Houston Chronicle on May 8, 2017. Texas has gained national acclaim for closing prisons while achieving declines in crime that exceed the national drop. Since 2005, crime has fallen 33.4 percent in Texas while the incarceration rate has declined 16.6 percent. How did it happen? In 2...

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Fines, Fees, and Forfeiture Under the Commission on Civil Rights’ Microscope

| May 3, 2017

This blog post was written by Right on Crime research associates Jace Waechter and Brian Bensimon. Recently, the Commission on Civil Rights held a hearing to investigate the Department of Justice’s (DOJ) efforts to reform fines and fees practices in state and local courts. Dr. Derek Cohen and Marc Levin of the Texas Public Policy Foundation...

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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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Chuck DeVore

May 2, 2017

United, Ferguson, Abu-Ghraib, And The L.A. Riots At 25: Lessons Learned

| May 2, 2017

This article, written by Chuck DeVore, originally appeared in Forbes on April 27, 2017. 25 years ago, I was leading patrols in riot-torn Los Angeles as an Army National Guard captain. In 24 hours, I went from working on a missile defense project in a windowless office in San Jose to 18 days of unexpected active duty 400 miles to the south. A ...

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Right on Crime

April 21, 2017

Expungement: Helping People Move On

| April 21, 2017

This blog post, written by Julie Warren, originally appeared at the Beacon Center of Tennessee on April 21, 2017.   Most of us will sympathize with folks who have experienced certain rough spells in their life, those moments in time that they would just as soon forget. This is true even when those spells involved poor life choices and misbehavi...

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Tony Perkins Makes Case for Criminal Justice Reform in Louisiana

| April 20, 2017

Criminal justice reform could improve public safety while saving Louisiana hundreds of millions of dollars. That was the message delivered at Tuesday's breakfast briefing jointly hosted by Right on Crime, Smart on Crime Louisiana, U.S. Justice Action Network, and the Pelican Institute for Public Policy. The participating organizations all work to p...

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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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Recording the Police

| April 19, 2017

In this new policy perspective, our policing expert Randy Petersen considers the myriad issues involved with the recording of law enforcement activities—from ensuring public safety during potentially tense situations, to protecting individual rights and keeping government transparent and accountable. [pdf-embedder url="http://rightoncrime.com/...

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Michael Haugen

April 3, 2017

New Video Sheds Light on Overcriminalization

| April 3, 2017

In a video originally posted over at Legal Insurrection, the folks at Learn Liberty have produced a short YouTube video highlighting several of the issues attendant with overcriminalization in federal statutes—principally, that only around 5,000 federal crimes have been codified into law by elected (read: accountable) lawmakers themselves. While ...

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Right on Crime

March 31, 2017

Exploring Faith-Based Correctional Programming

| March 31, 2017

This blog post was written by Brian Bensimon, a Right on Crime research associate. Prisoners struggling with personal transformation and restoration through conventional prison programming may find solace in faith-based corrections programming. Effective criminal justice reform requires respect for the dignity of all people and a successful mean...

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A Rising Chorus of Texas Leaders Calling for Reform of Excessive Court-Imposed Fines and Fees

| March 20, 2017

This blog post was written by Right on Crime research associate Jace Waechter. In Texas, revenue from fines such as parking or traffic violations generated over $1 billion dollars for the state. Some individuals were able to afford the fines and court costs. However, failure to pay excessive court-ordered fines and fees has resulted in 640,000 d...

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Louisiana Justice Reinvestment Task Force Recommendations for Criminal Justice Reform Released Today

| March 16, 2017

After 10 months of digging into the drivers of Louisiana’s worst ranked prison population by rate, the bi-partisan Louisiana Justice Reinvestment Task Force rolled out its recommendations at a well-attended press conference today.   Louisiana joins the ranks of 34 other states in the U.S. to undertake comprehensive criminal justice reform throu...

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A Cost Analysis for Raising the Age of Criminal Responsibility in Texas

| March 14, 2017

Texas' House Committee on Juvenile Justice and Family Issues recently heard testimony from stakeholders and the public on House Bill 122, a bill which would "raise the age" of criminal responsibility in Texas—from 17 to 18 years old. In attempting to model potential costs borne by state and local governments in implementing such policies, it ...

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