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Right on Crime

September 21, 2018

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Voters Support Criminal Justice Reform

| September 21, 2018

Recent polls reveal a majority of both GOP and Democrat voters support a variety of criminal justice reform measures. You can download the presentation here or click through the slides below. [pdf-embedder url="http://rightoncrime.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/Voter-Support-1.pdf" title="Voter Support"]   Data included in this prese...

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Right on Crime

September 5, 2018

Advocates Recognize Officials for Ending Administrative Forfeiture in Mississippi

| September 5, 2018

Governor Bryant, Lieutenant Governor Reeves, and Speaker Gunn, We would like to congratulate and recognize the state of Mississippi for being a leader in reforming civil asset forfeiture. We applaud the Mississippi legislature for allowing administrative forfeiture's sunset provision to become law this July, ending administrative forfeiture in M...

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Katie Greer

August 28, 2018

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Watch: Right on Crime Director Derek Cohen on Texas’ Criminal Justice Overhaul

| August 28, 2018

Right on Crime Director Derek Cohen walked through the history of Texas’ criminal justice overhaul with Judy Maggio of KLRU. The Lone Star State has been called the birthplace of criminal justice reform, but it wasn’t too long ago that it was known for its “lock em’ up” approach. In 2015, Texas “got to the point where covering the bi...

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Right on Crime

August 22, 2018

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Conservatives send letter to President Trump in support of FIRST STEP Act

| August 22, 2018

Download the letter here. Dear Mr. President: We write to thank you for your support of the Formerly Incarcerated Reenter Society Transformed Safely Transitioning Every Person (FIRST STEP) Act, H.R. 5682. Without the support of you and your White House, the FIRST STEP Act may not have passed the U.S. House of Representatives. Achieving Tod...

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Right on Crime

August 8, 2018

From Tax Burdens to Tax Payers: A Handbook for Employers

| August 8, 2018

One of the hardest obstacles to overcome when a previously incarcerated person reenters society is the reluctance of employers to hire someone with a criminal background. Right on Crime published From Tax Burdens to Tax Payers Handbook for Employers which includes testimony from business owners and offers statistical analysis on why hiring previo...

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Katie Greer

July 6, 2018

Watch: John Koufos shares story of paying debt to society and working to make communities safe

| July 6, 2018

Right on Crime’s National Director of Reentry Initiatives John Koufos shared his story of how he became dedicated to prison reform on Freedom to Flourish. Koufos was a thriving New Jersey attorney that was hiding a battle with alcoholism when he made a life-altering mistake. He drove drunk, hit someone, and ran. After being sentenced to pri...

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Right on Crime

June 27, 2018

Conservatives urge U.S. Senate to take up prison reform legislation

| June 27, 2018

Dear Majority Leader McConnell and Chairman Grassley: As conservatives, we firmly believe in limited, effective government.  It is paramount to ensure that the scope of government does not grow so large as to stifle human flourishing.  No matter if the issue is onerous regulations that smother small businesses or federal mandates on education,...

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Katie Greer

June 11, 2018

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Criminal justice experts weigh in on potential GOP party platform planks

| June 11, 2018

The Texas Republican Party is considering a number of potential platform planks involving criminal justice reform. Just Liberty’s Scott Henson spoke with Right on Crime Director Derek Cohen, and several other area experts, about why these reforms are needed and how the state arrived where it is today. Texas’ use of cash bail has been under a...

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Right on Crime

June 7, 2018

Texans Support the FIRST STEP Act

| June 7, 2018

June 7, 2018 Dear Senators Cornyn and Cruz: As Texans, we are getting pretty accustomed to our state leading the nation, whether it is in creating jobs, achieving energy independence, or in improving our criminal justice system to deliver more public safety at a lower cost to taxpayers. Now, Washington D.C. has another opportunity to learn fr...

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Podcast: Derek Cohen on ‘the FIRST STEP Act’ and the Texas roots of criminal justice reform

| May 30, 2018

The U.S. House passed prison reform legislation, the FIRST STEP Act, less than a week after a bunch of conservatives gathered to talk about criminal justice reform at the White House. That might come as a surprise to some, but it’s certainly not surprising to the states that are reaping major benefits from criminal justice reform. Take a look ...

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Right on Crime

May 22, 2018

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Conservatives urge U.S. House to take up prison reform legislation

| May 22, 2018

Dear Speaker Ryan and Leader Pelosi: As conservatives, we firmly believe in limited, effective government.  It is paramount to ensure that the scope of government does not grow so large as to stifle human flourishing.  No matter if the issue is onerous regulations that smother small businesses or federal mandates on education, the state’s on...

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Right on Crime

April 24, 2018

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Conservatives urge House Judiciary Committee to take up prison reform legislation

| April 24, 2018

April 23, 2018 Dear Chairman Goodlatte and Members of the United States House Judiciary Committee: As conservatives, we firmly believe in limited, effective government.  It is paramount to ensure that the scope of government does not grow so large as to stifle human flourishing.  No matter if the issue is onerous regulations that smother sm...

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Katie Greer

March 14, 2018

Christians should want better results out of the criminal justice system

| March 14, 2018

Right on Crime’s Manager of State Initiatives, Greg Glod, spoke to ERLC about how he came to support conservative criminal justice reform. He says that the idea of “lock em’ up and throw away the key” had initially resonated with him, but conflicted with his Christian faith. Glod grew up in the Greek Orthodox Church where he was taught t...

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Watch: Prison Reform Is a Conservative Issue

| February 6, 2018

Right on Crime Director Derek Cohen went on air with KXAN’s Josh Hinkle to discuss President Trump’s nod to prison reform in the State of the Union address: “As America regains its strength, this opportunity must be extended to all citizens. That is why this year we will embark on reforming our prisons to help former inmates who have serve...

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Right on Crime

January 31, 2018

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Right on Crime Praises President Trump for Commitment to Reforming Criminal Justice

| January 31, 2018

Florida Has Opportunity to Lead the Way for Criminal Justice Reform Tallahassee, Fla. – Right on Crime today issued the following statement, attributable to Chelsea Murphy, Right on Crime’s Florida state director, praising President Donald Trump for his commitment to criminal justice reform as laid out during the State of the Union. “We are...

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Right on Crime

January 10, 2018

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Right on Crime Praises White House for Prison Reform Discussion

| January 10, 2018

Austin, TX — Tomorrow, the White House will hold a meeting with top conservative experts on criminal justice reform.  Brooke Rollins, President of the Texas Public Policy Foundation, home of Right on Crime, will participate along with Governors Matt Bevin, Sam Brownback and Nathan Deal who have implemented successful reforms in their states.  A...

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Sessions Returns to Rule of Law on Marijuana

| January 5, 2018

Attorney General Jeff Sessions terminated Erick Holder’s previous decision to allow states to ignore federal marijuana laws. Right on Crime Director, Dr. Derek Cohen, went on air with WMAL 105.9, Mornings on the Mall, to dismantle the assumption that Sessions’ move is an attack on state’s rights. WMAL’s Vince Coglianese and Mary Walter kick...

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Katie Greer

November 27, 2017

Listen: Former Florida Republican Senate President on Criminal Justice Reform

| November 27, 2017

Right on Crime Signatory and former Florida Senate President, Mike Haridopolos, went on air with WJCT to discuss the major shift in voter support for criminal justice reform. Citing a poll commissioned by Right on Crime, Haridopolos highlighted that the majority of Florida voters believe the goal of the criminal justice system should be about rehab...

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Right on Crime

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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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.

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