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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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Right on Crime

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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In State of the State Addresses, Conservative Governors Highlight Criminal Justice Reform

| March 3, 2015

This winter, Governors’ across the country are making their State of the State address, summing up past accomplishments and highlighting the priorities that they hold for their administrations. After the right grabbed election after election, there are many more states turning red. This means great things for criminal justice reform. Conservativ...

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Right on Crime

January 28, 2015

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Levin and Madden Talk Criminal Justice Reform in Utah

| January 28, 2015

Utah, a state generally capable in the criminal justice world, is now on the precipice of costing taxpayers 500-525 million dollars by building a new prison to ease the overcrowding, and in anticipation of rising incarceration rates. Former Texas State Representative Jerry Madden, a signatory of Right on Crime, and Marc Levin, the Director, both...

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Right on Crime

January 8, 2015

Civil Asset Forfeiture Primer Shows Potential for Reform in Texas

| January 8, 2015

In the past week the Center for Effective Justice at the Texas Public Policy Foundation had a Civil Asset Forfeiture Primer at the Capitol, where they assembled a panel of policy makers, legislators, and authorities to give their expert opinions on the matter and to take questions from the audience. Andrew Kloster, a legal fellow from the Heritage ...

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Harris County Summit: Pretrial and Mental Health Solutions

| January 8, 2015

In December of 2014 professionals from across the board gathered in Harris County to discuss and answer questions about two pressing issues the criminal justice system is facing: pretrial release decisions and mental health. Assembled by the Texas Public Policy Foundation, they called for greater investment in risk assessments that make smarter dec...

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Right on Crime

December 3, 2014

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Grover Norquist: Fighting Crime on a Budget

| December 3, 2014

At the recent Justice Reinvestment National Summit in San Diego, founder and president for Americans for Tax Reform Grover Norquist delivered a keynote address encouraging representatives from two dozen states to consider safer, smarter and more cost-effective interventions in their correctional approach. Norquist is a Right on Crime signatory, an...

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Right on Crime

November 25, 2014

“Reaching the Tipping Point”

| November 25, 2014

Right on Crime's Director, Marc Levin, was invited to participate in a panel discussion, hosted by Charles Koch Institute on what Congress and the Administration can do to change the current criminal justice system, how smart approaches to tackling crime can reduce costs and improve our quality of life, and the consequences of doing nothing. [y...

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Right on Crime

November 22, 2014

Chuck DeVore Talks Right on Crime on the Rick Amato Show

| November 22, 2014

This past week Chuck DeVore, Vice President of Policy at the Texas Public Policy Foundation, sat down with Rick Amato on the OneAmerica Network to discuss criminal justice issues from a conservative perspective. DeVore began by recapping the changes that have occurred in Texas in the last several years, a bipartisan movement to get the state off...

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Right on Crime

November 21, 2014

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Levin featured in Federalist Society debate on Criminal Sentencing Reform

| November 21, 2014

Although prison populations at the federal level have very recently declined for the first time in decades, prisoner population at the state level rose. The cost of crime, some that can be measured and some that are impossible to measure, is undoubtedly high, but so too is the cost of incarceration. Are we striking the right balance in length of se...

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Giving Kids Adult Records: Cohen and Fowler in the Dallas Morning News

| October 24, 2014

The Dallas Morning News published a piece by Right on Crime policy analyst Derek Cohen and Deborah Fowler, deputy director for Texas Appleseed. They write that, despite large criminal justice reform waves sweeping across Texas, there is still one area where government over reach and inefficiency is apparent. Truancy, previously a minor misbehavio...

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Right on Crime

October 21, 2014

Overcriminalization in America: No Home for Justice

| October 21, 2014

All Jack and his wife Jill Barron wanted was a home near their family for retirement. After going through all of the necessary permitting, they purchased the land where they intended to build. But soon the EPA alleged that the land might be a wetland and began restricting building on the site. Eventually the EPA brought felony charges on Jack for b...

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Right on Crime

October 17, 2014

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Pat Nolan: Fear of Crime and the Prison Build Up

| October 17, 2014

Pat Nolan, Director of the Center for Criminal Justice Reform at the American Conservative Union Foundation and Right on Crime Director of Outreach, talks about how being a former legislator and having served time in prison has made it clear for him to see the bureaucracy within the criminal justice system. This is a driving factor in his passi...

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Right on Crime

October 14, 2014

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Right on Crime Featured in “State of Incarceration”

| October 14, 2014

State of Incarceration, a documentary directed by Andrew Gregg in association with CBC, was released last week on Canada Public Television. The film investigates where Canada's criminal justice system is headed and takes Gregg to Texas, known for being "tough on crime", to discover Texas investing in programs to keep non violent offenders out of pr...

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Right on Crime

September 29, 2014

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Bob Ehrlich: 6 Observations on Reforming Criminal Justice

| September 29, 2014

At the annual State Policy Network convention in Denver, Former Maryland Governor Bob Ehrlich spoke about criminal justice reform and his experience as a supporter of the Right on Crime campaign. The Right on Crime Dinner was co-hosted by the Charles Koch Foundation, and also featured presentations by Right on Crime Senior Policy Analyst Vikrant Re...

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Right on Crime

September 24, 2014

WTTW PBS Chicago – Marc Levin Testifies at an Illinois Joint Criminal Justice Reform Committee

| September 24, 2014

Right on Crime Policy Director Marc Levin testified at an Illinois State Joint Criminal Justice Reform Committee hearing this week. WTTW11 PBS Chicago shares Levin's testimony specifically related to class 4 felony offenders. He commends the state for the steps already taken and offers advice on lowering recidivism rates by shifting resources to th...

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Right on Crime

September 17, 2014

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Marc Levin Testifies on Criminal Justice Reform Successes in Tennessee

| September 17, 2014

Right on Crime Policy Director Marc Levin testified at a Tennessee State Senate hearing entitled, "Criminal Justice Reform: What Other States Have Done." He described the successful efforts in states like Texas, South Carolina and Georgia, where criminal justice reform enhanced public safety and helped cut costs at the same time. Also providing exp...

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