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November 15, 2017

Florida Poll Reveals Strong Support for Criminal Justice Reform

| November 15, 2017

A poll commissioned by Right on Crime and conducted by Fabrizio, Lee & Associates revealed a majority of registered voters in Florida support a number of criminal justice reforms. The poll surveyed 800 registered Florida voters, plus an oversample of 600 registered Republican voters in late October 2017. Key findings of the poll include: 1....

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Right on Crime, Lawmakers & Conservative Coalition Address Badly Needed Criminal Justice Reform in State of Florida

| November 15, 2017

Tallahassee, Fla. – Right on Crime, joined by Florida lawmakers and a coalition of conservative public policy organizations, today addressed critical criminal justice reform measures needed in the State of Florida. At the press conference, a poll, demonstrating a majority of registered Florida voters support a number of smart justice reforms, was...

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Director of Right on Crime Discusses Civil Forfeiture, Madoff Scheme on Fox Business

| November 10, 2017

Right on Crime's Director Derek Cohen went on air with Fox Business last night in response to the DOJ's announcement that it had used civil asset forfeiture to capture ill-gotten gains from the Bernie Madoff Ponzi scheme—in an effort to restitute victims of his crimes. While victim restitution is among the worthy goals of asset forfeiture, experi...

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Listen: Money Bail and Pretrial Detention

| November 10, 2017

The Federalist Society hosted a teleforum on money bail and pretrial detention with Right on Crime's Marc Levin and John-Michael Seibler of the Heritage Foundation. Levin outlined the financial impact of pretrial detention and the role fines and fees play in contributing to the pretrial population. Often times, people are detained pretrial due to i...

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Randy Petersen on ‘The Lars Larson Show’: Policing Is A “Uniquely Local” Idea

| January 18, 2017

Randy Petersen, our senior researcher of policing, recently appeared on "The Lars Larson Show" to discuss his latest commentary in The Hill, which pushes back against suggestions that have surfaced over the past several months that federal authorities ought to have a role in community policing. Petersen criticized this idea, saying that while there...

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Marc Levin Discusses Latest FBI Crime Report, Drug Treatment Programs on “The Bill Martinez Show”

| October 10, 2016

During a recent episode of "The Bill Martinez Show," Right on Crime policy director Marc Levin spent time discussing details of the FBI's newly released crime report for 2015, in which he stated that a substantial proportion of the homicide increase seen nationwide can in fact be traced to just a handful of cities. Levin goes on to explain that ...

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Jerry Madden Discusses Texas’ Justice Reform Efforts to ICJC in Melbourne

| September 23, 2016

In this video from the International Criminal Justice Conference in Melbourne, Australia last year, former Texas House Corrections Committee Chairman and Right on Crime senior fellow Jerry Madden shares the Justice Reinvestment approach implemented during Texas' reform efforts in 2007, which resulted in a reduction of the prison population and an ...

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Author Steven Teles Discusses Genesis of Conservative Justice Reform Efforts on ‘The Federalist Radio Hour’

| July 12, 2016

In this edition of the 'The Federalist Radio Hour,' senior writer Mary Katherine Ham interviews Steven Teles, associate professor of political science at Johns Hopkins University and author of Prison Break: How Conservatives Turned Against Mass Incarceration, about how conservatives began questioning the "tough on crime" mantra that had come to ...

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Michael Haugen

June 21, 2016

Policy Analyst Joe Luppino-Esposito Joins ‘The Scott Adams Show’ to Discuss Criminal Records

| June 21, 2016

In this interview, policy analyst Joe Luppino-Esposito joins "The Scott Adams Show" to discuss how the current administration is setting various policies regarding the use of criminal records for employment or college application purposes, as well as how Texas has expanded nondisclosure as opposed to mandatory "ban the box" policies. Luppino-Esp...

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Marc Levin: Being ‘Right on Crime’ Means ‘Right-Sizing the Prison System’

| December 3, 2015

Last month, Avni Majithia-Sejpal, senior writer for the Center for Court Innovation, interviewed Right on Crime Policy Director Marc Levin at the 'Reinvesting in Justice' conference in Dallas about various topics within the sphere of criminal justice reform. Asked about the dynamics of justice reinvestment in Texas, Levin explained that it's imp...

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Criminal Justice Reform: ‘The Idea Whose Time Has Come’

| November 9, 2015

Last week, the Charles Koch Institute hosted a three-day long criminal justice reform summit in New Orleans, titled "Advancing Justice: An Agenda for Human Dignity and Public Safety." Comprising over 500 attendees, panelists, and stakeholders, its purpose was to investigate the myriad challenges within the various criminal justice systems nationwid...

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Despite Push on ‘Ban the Box,’ Nondisclosure Is The Best Option

| November 4, 2015

With increased calls nationwide to reduce barriers for ex-offenders as they re-enter society, much of the conversation has centered on "Ban the Box," an effort to remove questions on employment applications that gauge whether someone has been convicted of a crime. Earlier today, Right on Crime policy analyst Greg Glod appeared on KUT-Austin to d...

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The Right Prescription for Mental Health in Criminal Justice

| September 18, 2015

On Wednesday, the Texas Public Policy Foundation's Center for Effective Justice hosted a policy primer entitled "The Right Prescription for Mental Health in Criminal Justice," which discussed the intersection between Texas' multi-faceted criminal justice system and treating those with mental health concerns within it. Moderated by Derek Cohen, ...

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Jerry Madden Joins HuffPost Live To Discuss Growing Momentum For Federal Criminal Justice Reform

| July 30, 2015

Yesterday, Right On Crime Senior Fellow Jerry Madden participated in a panel discussion on HuffPost Live, examining recent legislation that seeks to reform a federal criminal justice system that has seen growth in its prison population of over 700 percent in the last several decades. Hosted by Marc Lamont Hill, Madden was joined by reform advoca...

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Civil Asset Forfeiture: Undue Process and Overdue Reforms

| June 30, 2015

Last Friday, Right on Crime, in partnership with Americans for Tax Reform, held a policy primer in Washington, D.C. titled "Civil Asset Forfeiture: Undue Process and Overdue Reforms," discussing various aspects of forfeiture practices across the country. The first panel, called "Undue Process," included Right on Crime signatory Grover Norquist...

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CATO Podcast: Institute of Justice’s Arif Panju Discusses Asset Forfeiture in the Lone Star State

| June 26, 2015

In a new CATO podcast, Arif Panju of the Institute for Justice gets into the state of civil asset forfeiture practices in Texas. In a word, Texas isn't doing very well. In the recent legislative session, Texas had thirteen opportunities to reform, by varying degrees, the practice of seizing citizens’ property without securing criminal convict...

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Michael Haugen

May 13, 2015

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In New Video, Rick Perry Champions Right on Crime, Texas’ Criminal Justice Reform Successes

| May 13, 2015

In a new video for Right on Crime, former Texas Gov. Rick Perry extols the groups efforts to introduce smart, liberty-focused reforms to the nation's complex criminal justice system. In 2007, facing a potential increase of billions of dollars in prison and corrections spending, Texas instead made smaller, short-term investments geared at divert...

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Michael Haugen

May 7, 2015

Cornyn on Criminal Justice Reform & Texas’ Example

| May 7, 2015

Yesterday, Texas Senator John Cornyn took to the Senate floor to address the importance of criminal justice reform in the context of the unrest in Baltimore. He highlighted several initiatives pending in the Senate to reform America’s criminal justice system to “do a better job of rehabilitating offenders, increase federal safety, and save taxp...

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Dianna Muldrow

April 9, 2015

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Bipartisan Summit on Criminal Justice Reform a Triumph of Cooperation

| April 9, 2015

On March 26, 2015 the Bipartisan Summit on Criminal Justice Reform was held in Washington DC. The Summit was a triumph of cooperation and collaboration between groups of all stripes. Attendees and speakers ranged from the state governors, law enforcement personnel, researchers, and activists. The mission, however, was the same, promoting liberty an...

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West Virginia Takes Great Strides in Juvenile Justice Reform

| April 2, 2015

Currently 75 percent of West Virginia’s juvenile incarcerated population is housed by the state because of misdemeanor or status offenses. Status offenses are crimes that are only crimes because of the age of the offender, such as truancy or drinking. This means that the state is responding to many minor offenses with harsh and expensive retribut...

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Right on Crime is a national campaign to promote successful, conservative solutions on American criminal justice policy—reforming the system to ensure public safety, shrink government, and save taxpayers money. By sharing research and policy ideas and mobilizing strong conservative voices, we work to raise awareness of the growing support for effective reforms within the conservative movement. We are transforming the debate on criminal justice in America.