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Chuck DeVore

August 8, 2017

America’s Opioid Crisis Worse Than Reported, Killing More Than 47,000 In 2014

| August 8, 2017

This article by Chuck DeVore originally appeared in Forbes, August 8th, 2017. Earlier this year the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a report that suggested a significant number of opioid related deaths were incorrectly attributed to pneumonia and other infectious diseases made worse by drug abuse. The study, by C...

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Raising the Age of Juvenile Court Jurisdiction in Texas

| May 3, 2017

This new policy perspective from Derek Cohen and Haley Holik examines Texas' practice of trying 17 year olds in adult courts, stating research indicates that the juvenile system provides the most effective tools to punish and rehabilitate most youthful offenders. Cohen and Holik conclude by recommending that Texas "raise the age" of criminal res...

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Right on Crime

April 19, 2017

Pre-Arrest and Pre-Booking Diversion and Mental Health in Policing

| April 19, 2017

Our senior policing researcher Randy Petersen considers the current state of research indicating that certain pre-booking or pre-arrest diversion programs show promise in reducing recidivism. [pdf-embedder url="http://rightoncrime.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/2017-03-PP05-PrearrestPrebookingDiversion-CEJ-RandyPeterson.pdf"]...

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Recording the Police

| April 19, 2017

In this new policy perspective, our policing expert Randy Petersen considers the myriad issues involved with the recording of law enforcement activities—from ensuring public safety during potentially tense situations, to protecting individual rights and keeping government transparent and accountable. [pdf-embedder url="http://rightoncrime.com/...

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A Cost Analysis for Raising the Age of Criminal Responsibility in Texas

| March 14, 2017

Texas' House Committee on Juvenile Justice and Family Issues recently heard testimony from stakeholders and the public on House Bill 122, a bill which would "raise the age" of criminal responsibility in Texas—from 17 to 18 years old. In attempting to model potential costs borne by state and local governments in implementing such policies, it ...

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Right on Crime

January 31, 2017

Incentivizing Results: Lessons From Other States’ Probation Funding Formula Reforms and Recommendations to Texas Lawmakers

| January 31, 2017

This paper will examine Texas’ current adult probation funding formula, the successes of other jurisdictions moving toward an incentive-based funding initiative, and policy recommendations for Texas lawmakers. [pdf-embedder url="http://rightoncrime.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/2016-11-PP27-IncentivizingResults-CEJ-GregGlod.pdf"] ...

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Texas’ Regionalization of the Juvenile Justice System

| January 31, 2017

This report, by former policy analyst Dianna Muldrow, considers the reasons behind Texas' recently passed regionalization plan for juvenile offenders, and the extent to which the plan as released incorporates important principles such as public safety and efficiency. [pdf-embedder url="http://rightoncrime.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/2016-11-P...

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Derek M. Cohen

December 9, 2016

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New Prosecutorial Perspectives: A Framework for Effective Juvenile Justice

| December 9, 2016

Prosecutors arguably are the most pivotal actors in the criminal justice system. The most potent decision point in the criminal justice process—whether or not to bring formal charges against an individual—belongs solely to them. This paper presents interviews with prosecutors in the juvenile justice community who have advocated for or advan...

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Rebutting Common Myths of Civil Asset Forfeiture

| December 9, 2016

The status quo of civil asset forfeiture in Texas persists due to common myths surrounding the practice and its prospective elimination. Those myths, while false, warrant discussion. [pdf-embedder url="http://rightoncrime.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/2016-12-PP29-MythsCivilAssetForfeiture-CEJ-DerekCohen.pdf"]...

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Greg Glod

November 8, 2016

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Balancing the Scales of Due Process: The Conservative Case for Grand Jury Reform in Texas

| November 8, 2016

This paper discusses the history of the American grand jury system, Texas’ grand jury system, areas within the status quo where procedural safeguards do not properly protect the liberties of Texans, and what other states have done to bolster their grand jury systems. [pdf-embedder url="http://rightoncrime.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/2016-10...

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Right on Crime

August 31, 2016

Watchmen or Warfighters? A Conservative Proposal for Limiting Military-Grade Weapons Sent to States

| August 31, 2016

In this new report for the Center for Effective Justice, Derek Cohen, Greg Glod, and Michael Haugen examine the Department of Defense's 1033 program, which provides surplus military equipment—including weaponry—to federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies. Over $124 million worth of such gear has been distributed to various law enf...

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Right on Crime

August 30, 2016

School Discipline in Texas: Past, Present, and Future

| August 30, 2016

In this new white paper for the Texas Public Policy Foundation, our analyst Dianna Muldrow examines school discipline practices in Texas, arguing that despite recent improvements—such as decriminalizing truancy—the state should continue to improve the process by examining mandatory discipline, and considering alternative methods such as restora...

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Right on Crime

July 22, 2016

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Accuracy in Criminal Records

| July 22, 2016

In this new report for the Center for Effective Justice, policy analyst Dianna Muldrow discusses the need for accuracy in criminal records, as a lack thereof can have adverse effects for ex-offenders when finding employment, obtaining housing, serving in the military, or owning a gun. Muldrow also recommends reforms to update records continuousl...

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Derek M. Cohen

June 14, 2016

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Texas’ Mandatory Sentencing Enhancements

| June 14, 2016

A policy product of the general “get tough on crime” era, sentencing enhancements enjoyed a great deal of bipartisan political support during the early 1980s through the late 1990s. Sentencing enhancements are statutory provisions that raise the minimum threshold of criminal sentence based on a certain characteristic of the offense or offender....

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Asset Forfeiture by Texas Law Enforcement

| April 7, 2016

While the abstract debate on civil asset forfeiture remains hotly contested in Texas, two elements often omitted from the discussion is “how much,” and “where” the practice takes place. Unfortunately, delineating civil forfeiture from that which occurs pursuant to a criminal conviction is impossible under current reporting law. Still, in...

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Right on Crime’s Journalists’ Guide to Federal Sentencing Reform

| March 10, 2016

Federal criminal justice reform may be the most important legislation that emerges from Washington, D.C. in 2016. Policymakers on both sides of the aisle have expressed a desire to make meaningful changes to federal sentencing laws. This guide will help you understand the background on sentencing, what is at stake, and what to expect this year and ...

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Examining the Myths of Federal Sentencing Reform

| March 7, 2016

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Without Due Process of Law, The Conservative Case for Civil Asset Forfeiture Reform

| February 17, 2016

[pdf-embedder url="http://rightoncrime.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/PP-Without-Due-Process-of-Law-The-Conservative-Case-for-Civil-Asset-Forfeiture-Reform.pdf"]There is little dispute among the conservative movement that criminals who would threaten the safety of our communities deserve to be divested of the fruits of their illicit enterprise. Dru...

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Shannon Tracy

February 15, 2016

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17-Year-Olds in Adult Court: Is There a Better Alternative for Wisconsin’s Youth and Taxpayers?

| February 15, 2016

[pdf-embedder url="http://rightoncrime.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/Juvenile-Justice-Report-FINAL-Levin-Lisowski.pdf"]This report considers Wisconsin's current policy of automatically sentencing 17-year-olds in the adult system and examine whether or not it produces the best outcomes for youth, our communities, and Wisconsin's taxpayers. A joint ...

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Right on Crime

June 3, 2015

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Overincarceration Of People With Mental Illness

| June 3, 2015

In a new white paper for the Texas Public Policy Foundation, mental health policy fellow Kate Murphy and policy intern Christi Barr present some of the myriad issues attendant with the overincarceration of people with mental illnesses in Texas, and make recommendations for both local and state governments to encourage alternatives when feasible. ...

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