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Partners in Hope: A Journey of Second Chances

| November 15, 2018

This post originally appeared as a press release at the Badger Institute, our SPN partner in Wisconsin, on November 14, 2018. Imagine a prisoner reentry program where the mentors include an FBI agent and a former federal prosecutor. Or a graduation ceremony where ex-offenders are encouraged, cheered and hugged not just by family and friends but ...

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Right on Crime

November 12, 2018

Now Is the Time to Pass “First Step Act”

| November 12, 2018

This commentary, written by our signatory J.C. Watts, originally appeared at The Oklahoman on November 11, 2018. You would expect that in the face of midterm elections, the Brett Kavanaugh confirmation and the ongoing Robert Mueller investigation, the administration and Republican leadership would not be focused on much else. However, I con...

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Chelsea Murphy

November 9, 2018

Florida Bar Pretrial Panel Update

| November 9, 2018

The Florida Bar’s first-ever Criminal Justice Summit brought together a diverse group of leaders to provide in-depth education and discussion on key criminal justice issues. Attendees shared ideas and best practices to provide state leaders with potential solutions to the challenges they face. I was honored to be selected to be on the Florida ...

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“Just Do Your Job” Means Something Different for Police Officers

| November 9, 2018

Sergeant Ron Helus arrived at the scene of an active shooter in Thousand Oaks, California within three minutes of receiving calls for help and did what he was trained to do, what he swore an oath to do: he went in. Immediately struck by gunfire, he died of his wounds at the hospital a short time later. A tragic reminder of what “doing his job”...

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Right on Crime Welcomes New Louisiana State Director Scott Peyton

| November 8, 2018

Probation and parole officers are on the front lines of criminal justice reforms. They are required to wear many hats and are faced with mounds of paperwork and large caseloads—often more than 130. Many times, completing paperwork and putting out fires prevents officers from their mission—providing supervision and protecting the public and the ...

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Scott Peyton

November 7, 2018

In Louisiana, A New Voter-Approved Initiative Requires Unanimous Juries in Criminal Trials

| November 7, 2018

Last weekend we turned our clocks back one hour.  We moved back in time for a brief moment.  Today, in Louisiana, we have moved our “clocks” forward to a time closer to achieving reforms in our criminal justice system, with Louisiana voters resoundingly passing an initiative requiring unanimous juries for criminal trials. John Adams, found...

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When Mental Health Problems Become Criminal

| November 7, 2018

Recently, the leaders of the criminal justice system in La Crosse County got together to discuss the impact of untreated mental health on the local court system.  Startled by the fact that 40 percent of inmates reported some history of mental health problems upon intake, the community leaders used the forum to discuss what is currently being done ...

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Right on Crime

November 6, 2018

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Police Unions and Police Are Often At Odds, On Politics and On Other Issues

| November 6, 2018

This commentary, written by Right on Crime signatory Bernard Kerik, originally appeared in the Washington Examiner on Nov. 6, 2018.   It's hard to find a more awkward relationship between a union and its members than the one in the case of a police union. This was brilliantly on display recently in Arizona, where the Arizona State Tr...

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Right on Crime

October 24, 2018

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Apply Now: Web Writer and Social Media Manager

| October 24, 2018

Right on Crime is looking for a web writer and social media manager to join their team in Austin, Texas. Description: The Web Writer and Social Media Manager will be responsible for assisting the deputy director and policy experts for our national Right on Crime campaign. The Web Writer and Social Media Manager will create and coordinate writ...

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Right on Crime

October 22, 2018

Justice demands passage of First Step bill to rehabilitate lives

| October 22, 2018

This article by Right on Crime signatory Rebecca Hagelin originally appeared in Washington Times October 21, 2018. For only a few hours each month, she gets to be a mom. It’s one of the most heartbreaking things I’ve ever seen: A little girl rushes through the security entrance under the glaring watch of prison guards and runs into the ar...

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Katie Greer

October 19, 2018

Why Halloween is especially scary in some Virginia cities

| October 19, 2018

This article by Katie Greer originally appeared in Washington Post October 19, 2018. Fall: That time of year when Americans race down the aisles to snag all things pumpkin and hunt for perfect Halloween costumes. It’s also that time of year when criminal-justice policy experts poke fun at Chesapeake, Va., for trying to suck the fun out of H...

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Innocent Mississippians shouldn’t have to worry about having their cash or property taken

| October 19, 2018

Mississippi has repeatedly made headlines for reining in civil asset forfeiture, a practice that allows government agencies to take cash or property from citizens under mere suspicion. Despite efforts to instill transparency in a practice that is riddled with abuse, recent reports reveal state agencies are only partially complying. A few months ...

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Elain Ellerbe

October 16, 2018

In the Trenches of Reentry

| October 16, 2018

Over the 25 years of my work with incarcerated individuals and their families, I have had the great pleasure and honor to run into a number of what I call “reentry warriors.” These people were the early champions of improving reentry for those leaving prison long before reentry became the darling of policies and politics surrounding criminal ju...

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Michael Haugen

October 11, 2018

Scenes of Halloween in Chesapeake, Va.

| October 11, 2018

Oct. 31, 8:01 p.m.   A high, clear shriek rends the stillness of the night, as a chill wind settles over Dunning Lane. Though an occasional wail is to be expected on a night such as this—wily tricksters finding their marks during schemes long in the making—this one seems unusual. Icy. Panicked. Urgent. Now another. Farther off, but no...

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Currie Myers

October 10, 2018

The untimely death of due process

| October 10, 2018

Since the founding of our great nation and the development of our Constitution and Bill of Rights, Americans have been protected by due process.  The purpose of due process is to ensure fairness in all legal matters, both civil and criminal, and to prevent prejudicial or unequal treatment in the justice system. Essentially, due process acts as a s...

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Katie Greer

October 2, 2018

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Costs continue to rise

| October 2, 2018

Andrew Speno, Right on Crime’s state director for Oklahoma, talked to KOCO channel 5 News about the state’s bulging prison population and the fiscal crisis it presents. The corrections board recently authorized $116.5 million in bonds as relief to crumbling facilities. This was an unfortunate cost that could have been avoided if ample crimin...

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Right on Crime

September 28, 2018

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Arizona is filling its prisons with ‘folks we’re just mad at’

| September 28, 2018

This article by Pat Nolan, the director of the American Conservative Union Foundation Center for Criminal Justice Reform and a Right on Crime signatory, originally appeared in Arizona Capitol Times September 27, 2018. Arizona is at a crossroads. Should we continue to build more costly prisons and fill them with low-level offenders? Or should we ...

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Elain Ellerbe

September 25, 2018

Employment is a crucial step after release from incarceration

| September 25, 2018

It should come as no surprise that obtaining a job after incarceration is extremely important to the overall success of an individual returning home after prison.  Getting a job is a universal goal for most people and is usually accomplished with few obstacles.  Yet for individuals that are marked with the proverbial red “CB” (criminal backgr...

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Thomas Lyons

September 24, 2018

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The conservative voice for criminal justice reform grows

| September 24, 2018

Like too many states, Wisconsin is facing a dual problem of overcrowded and aging correctional institutions combined with a failing prison system.  The issue has made many headlines over the last two years when the legislature looked at proposals to close Green Bay Correctional Institution – opened in 1898- and build a new prison to accommodate ...

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Joe Griffin

September 21, 2018

Tulsa County sees success in criminal justice reforms after one year

| September 21, 2018

Despite a series of reforms passed by the legislature, Oklahoma remains a negative example to rest of the nation for the perils of over-incarceration. This week, however, the Tulsa World reported innovation on the county level is having a positive impact on the burdensome jail population in Tulsa County. According to data provided by the Vera In...

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