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Right on Crime Praises Speaker Ryan for Commitment to Criminal Justice Reform

| December 15, 2017

Austin, TX — Right on Crime today praised House Speaker Paul Ryan for his commitment to passing criminal justice reform in 2018.  Several conservative criminal justice reform bills have been discussed and passed by the Judiciary Committees of both the House and the Senate in recent years. “Speaker Ryan is showing leadership on an issue of p...

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A Dismal Christmas for Department of Corrections

| December 15, 2017

Egregious overcrowding and decrepit facilities are converging upon Oklahoma’s Department of Corrections like a perfect storm. The tough-on-crime policies of yesteryear, particularly mandatory minimum sentencing, have come back to haunt Oklahoma’s taxpayers much like Jacob Marley’s other-worldly visit upon Ebenezer Scrooge. And, just like A C...

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Katie Greer

December 14, 2017

Money Bail Isn’t Cutting It In Ohio

| December 14, 2017

Ohioans have been shelling out millions with no guarantee of an ROI for public safety. That’s the digest on the state’s ineffective use of money bail, according to a report recently released by the The Buckeye Institute. The report comes out as Ohio lawmakers consider bail reform. The pending legislation, championed by two Republican represe...

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Concerns for Recent Louisiana Reform Implementation Seem Unwarranted

| December 13, 2017

The recent implementation of one of Louisiana’s Justice Reinvestment reform measures providing for nominal early releases for non-violent offenders was initially met with much criticism and political posturing.  However, as was highlighted in a recent WAFB/CBS-Channel 9 story, it would seem the concerns voiced by a number of sheriffs and state e...

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Step 1 to Stop Wrongful Conviction: ‘Criminal Intent’ Reform

| December 12, 2017

This article by former Governor of Maryland and Right on Crime Signatory Robert Ehrlich originally appeared in The Hill, December 12th, 2017. While most of the Washington media has been chasing headliner issues — healthcare, tax reform, and everything Russia collusion — the White House and Congress have been quietly moving forward on cr...

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Right on Crime, Conservative on Justice

| December 12, 2017

This article by Chelsea Murphy originally appeared in Florida Politics, December 11th, 2017. During the upcoming 2018 Florida Legislative Session, Right on Crime will serve as a resource to lawmakers on the importance of criminal justice reform, breaking down long-held, but unsupported, policy prescriptions. For example, the assumption that to ...

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Adult Probation In The Lone Star State

| December 6, 2017

Texas Public Policy Foundation intern, Rohan Vaidya, contributed to this blog post. Revising the funding formula for basic adult probation has been an ongoing discussion in Texas for many years. On December 5th, Texas legislators had the opportunity to continue the discussion in the Senate Finance Committee hearing. Texas Public Policy Foundatio...

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How Governors Across America Are Getting Smart on Crime

| December 4, 2017

This article by Marc Levin originally appeared in The Daily Signal, December 1st, 2017. Governors are known for cutting ribbons to celebrate new employers coming to their state, but it is rare for a governor to remove the scarlet letter from someone convicted of a crime. Speaking on the American principle of second chances at the Governors...

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The Case for Civil Asset Forfeiture Reform

| November 30, 2017

“I pledge to uphold the Constitution of the United States of America and the Constitution of the State and to enforce the laws of the State and the United States. I will never abuse the authority vested in me, and will honor and uphold the constitutional rights to liberty, equality, and justice afforded to all persons. So, help me God!” Law ...

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Rohan Vaidya

November 27, 2017

Guide for Lawmakers on Criminal Justice Reform

| November 27, 2017

A newly released project commissioned by Arizona State University, in conjunction with the Charles Koch Foundation, provides a comprehensive guide for tackling the various issues surrounding criminal justice reform in the United States. Published by the Academy for Justice, a non-profit academic coalition, the compendium includes pieces on a broad ...

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Right on Crime

November 20, 2017

Criminal Sentencing Reform in Georgia has become National Model

| November 20, 2017

This article by Right on Crime Signatories, Newt Gingrich and Kelly McCutchen, originally appeared in The Augusta Chronicle, November 18th, 2017. Texas is celebrating 10 successful years of reform that has led to the lowest crime rates since 1967 and the lowest rate of incarceration in a generation. Meanwhile, the state of Georgia is followin...

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Conservatives and Criminal Justice Reform in Florida

| October 27, 2017

Right on Crime hosted an evening centered around conservatives for criminal justice reform in Tallahassee, Florida, Wednesday, October 25th. Former and current Florida lawmakers, business leaders, and advocates came together to discuss the current state of the criminal justice system in Florida and how the success of other conservative states can g...

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Opioid Crisis Correctly Identified as Health Emergency

| October 26, 2017

Austin, TX— Right on Crime, the national conservative criminal justice reform organization, today praised the Trump administration’s decision to declare the United States’ severe opioid crisis a “national health emergency.”  Treating drug addicts only like criminals has proven counterproductive. States have moved to refer opioid cases...

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Crime, Punishment and Taxes

| October 24, 2017

This article by Marc Levin and MacArthur Foundation's Director for Justice, Laurie Garduque, originally appeared in USA Today, October 24th, 2017. Local corrections costs have quadrupled over the past 40 years. And paying for jails' rising financial burden has inflicted a severe punishment against one group in particular — local taxpayers...

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Senator Hatch’s Bill Protects Americans from Bad Lawmaking

| October 19, 2017

Senator Orrin Hatch has once again shown to be a true leader for criminal justice reform. The Mens Rea Reform Act is a seemingly obvious piece of legislation. However, it may actually be difficult to pass, thanks to the gridlock and partisanship in Washington. Criminal intent is one part of the elementary calculation at the heart of criminal law...

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Katie Greer

October 17, 2017

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Families Need Criminal Justice Reform

| October 17, 2017

Conservatives often argue that a key component of raising happy, productive children is parental stability. Children from broken homes are much more likely to get involved with drugs and crime and other negative behaviors. Often overlooked, criminal justice reform can play an important role in improving parental stability, that not only improves th...

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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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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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