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Marc Levin

October 16, 2017

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Texas Experience Makes It Clear: Alaska Should Give SB 91 Time to Work

| October 16, 2017

This article by Marc Levin and former Texas Representative Jerry Madden originally appeared in Alaska Dispatch News, October 12th, 2017. Ten years ago, our home state of Texas was plagued by unsettling crime levels and a skyrocketing prison population. Projections suggested the next decade would bring more of the same, plus a whopping $3 billion...

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Julie Warren

October 6, 2017

We Are…

| October 6, 2017

The small town of Huntington, West Virginia is no stranger to tragedy. Every Huntingtonian remembers where they were on the evening on November 14, 1970. On that night a Southern Airways Flight carrying the entire Marshall football team, coaching staff, and a number of supporters from the Huntington community, crashed while descending into the Hunt...

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Federal Criminal Justice Reform Legislation Has Conservative Values, Focuses on Public Safety

| October 6, 2017

Austin, TX — Right on Crime, the conservative campaign for criminal justice reform, applauds Congress for moving forward with important pieces of criminal justice reform legislation. Conservative principles that have led to lower crime and better outcomes for taxpayers and victims in the conservative states in which these laws have passed are th...

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Right on Crime

September 27, 2017

Conservatives for Criminal Justice Reform

| September 27, 2017

This article by Right on Crime Signatory Grover Norquist originally appeared in Wall Street Journal, September 26th, 2017. Every so often I’m asked to list the conservative movement’s most important recent accomplishments. One always ranks near the top: criminal justice reform. With leadership from Republican governors and legislator...

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Where is a prosecutor’s time best spent?

| September 27, 2017

I recently came across an opinion piece in the Midland Times authored by Laura Nodolf, the District Attorney for Midland, Texas, wherein she presented the question: “Where is a prosecutor’s time best spent?” In answering her own question, she presented an exemplary case for why prosecutors should advocate for criminal justice reform, especial...

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White House Hosts Round-Table Meeting on Federal Prison Reform

| September 15, 2017

Texas’ big success with criminal justice reform was a focal point in Thursday’s White House round-table discussion on how to improve the federal prison system. President Trump’s Senior Advisor, Jared Kushner, called the meeting to start a conversation on how to more effectively rehabilitate former offenders in order to bring down the nation...

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Texas’ Bail System is Costing us all a Fortune

| September 15, 2017

This article by Greg Glod originally appeared in The Monitor, September 15th, 2017. If you ask anyone, regardless of their political views, who they would rather have behind bars awaiting trial: Someone who poses a threat to society but can afford to pay their way out of jail, or someone who poses little to no threat to society but can’t aff...

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Elain Ellerbe

September 14, 2017

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Louisiana’s New Fines and Fees Law: Just A Start

| September 14, 2017

  Individuals released from prison and returning home face a number of obstacles that can hurt their chance at successful reentry. One of those obstacles is the burden of having to pay fines and fees associated with their criminal convictions. Fortunately, during the 2017 Legislative Session, Louisiana lawmakers acted on the advice of crimi...

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Fixing Kentucky’s Prison Overcrowding Problem

| September 14, 2017

They say the first step to fixing a problem is to recognize that there is a problem. I give a lot of credit to the leadership in Kentucky. They have not shied away from recognizing the problems in their criminal justice system and have moved to address these issues head on. From juvenile justice to prisoner re-entry, the state has adopted a number ...

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Hot Dogs and Over-Criminalization in Berkeley

| September 13, 2017

The now-viral video of a UC-Berkeley police officer seizing a bacon hotdog vendor’s money begs some deeper scrutiny. The officer’s department issued a statement saying the money that was seized was entered into evidence as part of the issuance of a citation. The officer taking money from the vendor’s wallet certainly looks bad, especially cou...

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U.S. House Unanimously Approves Bill to Curb Civil Forfeiture in IRS ‘Structuring’ Cases

| September 12, 2017

By a unanimous voice vote last Tuesday, the House of Representatives approved a measure aimed at limiting the ability of the Internal Revenue Service to utilize asset forfeiture in “structuring” cases unless the property in question was obtained from an illegal source. The bill—the Clyde-Hirsch-Sowers RESPECT Act—now awaits consideration by...

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Mark Meckler Joins Criminal Justice Reform Effort

| September 12, 2017

Right on Crime today announced the addition of a respected conservative activist who is committed to conservative criminal justice reform as outlined in its Statement of Principles.  The newest signatory to this movement is Mark Meckler, president of Citizens for Self-Governance. Citizens for Self-Governance launched the Convention of States to...

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Right on Crime

September 8, 2017

Ex–NYPD Commissioner: Why President Trump Is Right to Let Local Police Buy Military Equipment

| September 8, 2017

This article by Right on Crime signatory Bernard Kerik originally appeared in TIME, September 8th, 2017. Before the order was even released, much hand-wringing over the Trump White House’s reversal of the previous Administration’s restrictions on the 1033 program began in earnest. The program is designed to transfer obsolete military equ...

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Did Richard Nixon Give Us the Winning Strategy to Win the Opioid Epidemic?

| September 8, 2017

Currently, I’m working on an article for the University of Memphis Law Review, wherein I seek to define opioid abuse as primarily a public health crisis to which the criminal justice system should play a limited supporting role in the resolution. In my research, I came across the letter that President Richard Nixon sent to Congress in 1971 that i...

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Katie Greer

September 5, 2017

Bail System Failures Justify Reform

| September 5, 2017

Any and every murder committed by a released defendant should be seen as a system failure in need of correcting, but we should not use it as a reason to scrap bail reform altogether. Let’s not forget, the former system was also imperfect. People have languished in jail before trial due to inability to afford bail. People have also been released, ...

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Elain Ellerbe

August 31, 2017

Being in Prison During a Natural Disaster

| August 31, 2017

August 29th was the 12th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, which at the time was the worst weather disaster to hit the U.S. in nearly 35 years. Unfortunately, Hurricane Harvey, which is pulverizing most of southeast Texas, is now the benchmark for such a life-altering weather event.  As I watched the news accounts, many chilling memories have crep...

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‘Tough on Crime’ is Political Lip Service

| August 31, 2017

In a recent interview with Kentucky Educational Television, Holly Harris, from Justice Action Network, hit the nail on the head in her refute of the effectiveness of the incarceration-first approach to criminal justice. Holly explained that “[t]he old-school, tough-on-crime approach to criminal justice may make for good political commercials,” ...

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“Ban the Box” Policies Hurt Where They’re Supposed to Help

| August 25, 2017

It’s taken some time, but realization is starting to dawn that certain re-entry policies championed by reform advocates on the Left—principally “Ban the Box,” one component of more comprehensive “fair chances” legislation—are prone to create new problems for ex-offenders looking to merge back into stable employment, rather than remedy...

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Connecting to those Impacted by Criminal Justice Policies

| August 25, 2017

On August 14th, 2017 the Face to Face Initiative was launched across the U.S.  Engaging in a wave of public activities that featured both Republican and Democratic governors and other elected officials, meetings were arranged for these policy leaders with people impacted by the criminal justice system in their respective states.  These individual...

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Julie Warren

August 23, 2017

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Hey California, Take Notes from Kentucky!

| August 23, 2017

In courts across the country, bail is arbitrarily set so high that it has become cost prohibitive for most defendants - especially lower income defendants to post. Bail has essentially become a luxury for the rich.  This is especially true in states like California where, according to a recent Los Angeles Daily Mail article, bail costs “five tim...

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