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Right on Crime

May 24, 2018

A First Step for Prison Reform

| May 24, 2018

This article by Center for Urban Renewal and Education President and Right on Crime signatory Star Parker originally appeared in Town Hall May 23rd, 2018. Recently, I attended the White House Prison Reform Summit. The fact that both the president and the vice president were at the event indicates the importance that the Trump administration a...

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Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion (LEAD) Program promotes safety

| May 21, 2018

Ask any sheriff about the issues associated with jail management and you’ll learn about four major issues: safety of the facility, special needs housing, rising costs of psychotropic medicines, and staffing.  You’ll also learn the common denominator in all of those themes is mental illness. Mental illness can have a significant impact on th...

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Katie Greer

May 18, 2018

President Trump urges Congress to pass prison reform at White House summit

| May 18, 2018

President Trump signaled that he would sign prison reform legislation if Congress sends it to his desk during Friday’s White House Prison Reform Summit: “My administration strongly supports these efforts, and I urge the House and Senate to get together… to work out their differences. Get a bill to my desk. I will sign it.” The prison ...

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Van Jones and Jared Kushner Walked into a bar…

| May 18, 2018

This article by Americans for Tax Reform president and Right on Crime signatory Grover Norquist originally appeared in OZY May 18th, 2018. There are a whopping 2.2 million American men and women living in cages. The breakdown is 225,000 in U.S. federal prisons, 1,316,000 in state prisons and 615,000 in county and city jails — at an average annua...

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Right on Crime

May 17, 2018

Take the first step on evidence-based criminal justice reform

| May 17, 2018

This article by FreedomWorks President and Right on Crime Signatory Adam Brandon originally appeared in The Hill May 17th, 2018. After years of talking about reforming the federal prison system, Congress may finally be ready to act. The House Judiciary Committee recently approved the FIRST STEP Act, H.R. 5682, by a strong vote of 25-5, paving...

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Randy Petersen

May 16, 2018

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Not everyone gets to be a police officer

| May 16, 2018

This article by Randy Petersen originally appeared in the Austin American-Statesman May 16th, 2018. There were some startling accusations about the Austin Police Academy in a recent article. The author points out that the allegations are unsubstantiated, and the article makes clear that the accusers failed to complete the program. A letter from ...

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Washington could take a lesson from Texas on prison reform

| May 16, 2018

This article by Marc Levin originally appeared in Dallas Morning News May 15th, 2018. Texans can teach Washington, D.C., a few lessons when it comes to barbecue, balanced budgets and criminal justice reform. If Congress can put aside the gridlock, it can unlock the benefits that Texas has achieved through a decade of changes to its prison pol...

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Penny Nance: We must do more to help mothers who are incarcerated — Here’s how

| May 13, 2018

This article by Concerned Women for America CEO and Right on Crime Signatory Penny Nance originally appeared in Fox News May 12th, 2018.   As both a president of a national organization and a mother of two, I can testify that there is truly no job more important than raising my children. Studies have shown that being present in a child’...

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Randy Petersen

May 9, 2018

Police training is tough for a reason

| May 9, 2018

The Austin Police Academy was recently accused of being too aggressive in its training tactics with new recruits.  Several allegations were made by cadets who were unable to complete the required training.  Some allegations were included in a recent article and others in a letter from their attorney. One specific statement alleges that a female i...

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Julie Warren

May 7, 2018

Tennessee’s Juvenile Justice Reform Act of 2018 sets the stage for sweeping reform in the future

| May 7, 2018

The 110th General Assembly of the Tennessee Legislature just wrapped up. There were a number of steps taken toward meaningful justice reform. The most notable reform—in my view—is the passage of the Juvenile Justice Reform Act of 2018. The Act was the result of the work of the Joint Ad-Hoc Blue Ribbon Task Force on Juvenile Justice, chaired by ...

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Proposed prison reform act will provide ex-offenders better opportunities

| May 7, 2018

This article by executive director of the Faith & Freedom Coalition and Right on Crime signatory Tim Head originally appeared in The Hill May 7th, 2018. Six million, seven hundred forty-one thousand, four hundred. That’s how many Americans are currently in our criminal justice system. One hundred eighty-three thousand, eight hundred fift...

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Unanimous juries bill sends a powerful message

| May 7, 2018

Stephanie Grace, a columnist for the Advocate states in her recent op-ed that “there is something awfully powerful about unanimity”.  This is especially true when a large, diverse, bi-partisan group of people join together in a resounding voice of solidarity on such a weighty matter as effecting the requirement for all juries in Louisiana to b...

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Right on Crime

May 4, 2018

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A new hypocrisy for the left on criminal justice

| May 4, 2018

This article by Lieutenant Colonel Allen West, former congressman and a current senior fellow at the Texas Public Policy Foundation, was originally published by the National Review May 4th, 2018. Hypocrisy from progressives is nothing new. Liberals lament the unaffordability of our cities while raising taxes and driving up costs. They champion e...

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Katie Greer

May 1, 2018

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Texas Republican voters support criminal justice reform

| May 1, 2018

GOP primary voters support a number of criminal justice reforms according to recent polling data. The poll, commissioned by the Texas Smart-On-Crime Coalition, surveyed more than 600 Texas Republican primary voters ranging from moderate to very conservative. Representatives from the coalition spoke at a press conference May 1st at the Texas state c...

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Right on Crime

April 30, 2018

Lawmakers must set differences aside to help Trump with prison reform

| April 30, 2018

This article by Right on Crime signatory and member of the Executive Committee of the Council for National Policy Rebecca Hagelin originally appeared in The Washington Times April 29th, 2018. No one can legitimately deny that improving public safety has been a central focus of Donald Trump’s presidency since Day One. But it seems as t...

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Wisconsin enacts asset forfeiture reform

| April 30, 2018

Governor Walker signed into law a large overhaul of the state’s use of civil asset forfeiture.  The overall effect of Act 211 is a greater protection for individual property rights. Civil asset forfeiture is the act of government officials seizing, and often keeping, property under mere suspicion that the property was used to facilitate a cri...

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Right on Crime

April 27, 2018

Prisoners who pay their debts to society deserve a second chance to have normal, crime-free lives

| April 27, 2018

This article by Right on Crime signatory and former Attorney General of Virginia Ken Cuccinelli originally appeared in the Daily Caller April 27th, 2018. In a rare occurrence, Easter coincided with the first day of April this year. For hundreds of millions of Christians around the globe, the Easter holiday is celebrated as an event synonymous wi...

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Andrew Speno

April 25, 2018

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Criminal justice reform headed to Oklahoma Governor’s desk

| April 25, 2018

This week, Oklahoma took a major leap forward when seven bills crafted from Governor Fallin’s Task Force recommendations passed the House and Senate floors. These seven bills specifically target reductions in Oklahoma’s bloated inmate population, while strengthening public safety. The latest figures from the Oklahoma Department of Correction...

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Right on Crime

April 23, 2018

Prison Reform and Redemption Act offers hope for former prisoners

| April 23, 2018

This article by Right on Crime signatory and member of the Executive Committee of the Council for National Policy, Rebecca Hagelin, originally appeared in The Washington Times April 22nd, 2018.  Most Americans don’t like to think about our prisons or the people they confine. Oh, we’re glad criminals got what was coming to them. But once...

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Right on Crime

April 20, 2018

Justice system should follow Christian principles

| April 20, 2018

This article by Right on Crime signatory and executive director of the Faith and Freedom Coalition, Timothy Head, originally appeared in The Columbus Dispatch April 20th, 2018. The Faith and Freedom Coalition prides itself as a national grassroots movement that supports time-honored values, stronger families and individual freedom. We’re an o...

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