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Right on Crime Applauds Senate Passage of Landmark Criminal Justice Reform

| December 18, 2018

First Step Act Would Usher In Biggest Federal Criminal Justice Reform in Decades Washington, DC — Today, the U.S. Senate passed the First Step Act by a vote of 87 to 12. The bill is the most comprehensive criminal justice reform package of the last three decades. The First Step Act provides reentry programming to help reduce recidivism, inclu...

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Right on Crime

December 11, 2018

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Right on Crime Commends Leader McConnell for Taking up the First Step Act

| December 11, 2018

First Step Act Would Bring About Biggest Federal Criminal Justice Reform in Decades Washington, DC — Today, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced that he will bring the First Step Act to the Senate Floor for a long-awaited vote in the coming days. Right on Crime Signatories, former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich and former United ...

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Right on Crime Applauds President Trump for Supporting Meaningful Prison Reform

| November 14, 2018

Washington, DC — Today, President Donald J. Trump expressed his support for the seminal prison reform legislation, the First Step Act. If passed, it would increase public safety, provide reentry programming to help reduce recidivism, and give those incarcerated a second chance once they have paid their debt to society. The President’s support i...

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Right on Crime

October 18, 2018

Conservatives Encourage President Trump to Press Forward on Criminal Justice Reform

| October 18, 2018

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 16, 2018 Washington, DC — Today prominent conservative leaders delivered a letter to President Trump encouraging continued action toward passage of the Formerly Incarcerated Re-enter Society Transformed Safely Transitioning Every Person (FIRST STEP) Act. If passed, the law would increase public safety, provide r...

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Right on Crime

October 11, 2018

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Right on Crime Commends President Trump for Continued Push for Criminal Justice Reform

| October 11, 2018

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE        October 11, 2018 Austin, TX — Today, President Donald J. Trump signalled his strong support for criminal justice reform saying in an interview with “Fox & Friends” that, “There has to be reform because it’s very unfair right now.”  The comments came in advance of a meeting with singer Kany...

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September 24, 2018

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Right on Crime Statement on FBI Crime Numbers

| September 24, 2018

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 24, 2018 Austin, TX — Today the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) released its Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) statistics for 2017. Overall, crime rates are down across the country, with decreases in property crime serving as a powerful driver. Right on Crime issued the following statement on the FBI data...

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Right on Crime Applauds Michigan Governor for Reducing Barriers to Reentry

| September 7, 2018

Austin, TX — Today, Michigan Governor Rick Snyder will sign an executive directive to prevent state departments from using a check box on job applications to ask applicants if they’ve been convicted of a felony.  Right on Crime issued the following statement on Governor Snyder’s action to reduce barriers to state occupational licenses so tha...

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Right on Crime Publishes Handbook for Employers on Hiring Previously Incarcerated Individuals

| August 8, 2018

Austin, TX — Today, 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 previously incarcerated individuals benefits businesses, communities, and families across Louisiana.The fundamental intent of Right on Crime in providing thi...

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August 7, 2018

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Right on Crime Applauds Gov. Abbott’s Bail Reform Proposal

| August 7, 2018

AUSTIN, TX – The Texas Public Policy Foundation’s Vice President of Criminal Justice and Right on Crime initiative Marc Levin issued the following statement on Texas Governor Abbott’s call for bail reform: “We join Governor Abbott in mourning the death of this brave trooper whose killer had been released on money bail without any superv...

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President Trump Approves Adding Sentencing Reform to Prison Reform Bill

| August 3, 2018

Austin, TX — Today, Right on Crime praised President Trump for taking his support for prison reform a step further by approving a modest amount of sentencing reform as an addition to the prison reform bill known as the Formerly Incarcerated Re-enter Society Transformed Safely Transitioning Every Person Act (FIRST STEP Act). “It’s important...

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Texas Conservative Leaders Urge Cruz and Cornyn to Support Prison Reform

| June 7, 2018

Austin, TX — Today, thirty prominent Texas conservative leaders sent a letter to Senators Ted Cruz and John Cornyn urging them to support the FIRST STEP Act, which would provide reentry programming to help reduce recidivism, increase public safety, and give those incarcerated a second chance once they have paid their debt to society. The legislat...

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Right on Crime

May 22, 2018

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Right on Crime Applauds House Passage of FIRST STEP Act

| May 22, 2018

Austin, TX — The U.S. House of Representatives today overwhelmingly passed the Formerly Incarcerated Reenter Society Transformed Safely Transitioning Every Person Act (H.R. 5682) by a vote of 360-59.  Sponsored by Representatives Doug Collins (R-GA) and Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY), the FIRST STEP Act improves the federal prison system by providing re...

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Right on Crime

May 18, 2018

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Right on Crime praises White House for championing prison reform

| May 18, 2018

Austin, TX — Today, The White House hosted a prison reform summit, bringing together leaders from across the country in the prison reform movement for a conversation about the importance of prison reform in the federal prison system. Right on Crime Signatories Brooke Rollins and Rebecca Hagelin spoke at the event, as did Right on Crime Director D...

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Right on Crime Statement on Judiciary Committee Passage of First Step Act

| May 9, 2018

Austin, TX — The House Judiciary Committee today approved by a vote of 25-5 the Formerly Incarcerated Reenter Society Transformed Safely Transitioning Every Person Act (H.R. 5682).  Sponsored by Representatives Doug Collins (R-GA) and Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY), the FIRST STEP Act improves the federal prison by providing reentry programming to help ...

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April 26, 2018

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Right on Crime Thanks Oklahoma Legislators for Sending Reform to Governor’s Desk

| April 26, 2018

Austin, TX — On Tuesday, the Oklahoma legislature held final votes in each chamber to send all seven criminal justice reform bills to Governor Fallin that came from the Governor’s Task Force recommendations. All seven bills passed easily with bipartisan support in both the House and the Senate. The Governor then signed the bills on Thursday. ...

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Right on Crime’s Statement on Delay of Prison Reform Vote

| April 26, 2018

Austin, TX — The House Judiciary Committee postponed yesterday’s scheduled markup of The Prison Reform and Redemption Act (H.R. 3356), which would provide reentry programming to help reduce recidivism, increase public safety, and give those incarcerated a second chance once they have paid their debt to society. Right on Crime signatories former...

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Right on Crime

March 16, 2018

Right on Crime applauds Mississippi Legislature for passing criminal justice reform

| March 16, 2018

Austin, TX - Right on Crime applauds the Mississippi legislature for sending meaningful criminal justice reform to Governor Phil Bryant’s desk. This legislation helps make Mississippians safer while also reducing barriers that have prevented former offenders from becoming taxpaying citizens. House Bill 387, authored by Rep. Andy Gipson, R-Brax...

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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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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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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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