Fines and Fees

Louisiana Passed Justice Reforms in 2017, But How Much Is Being Utilized?

Scott Peyton | March 16, 2020
This year we saw the LSU Tigers take home a National Championship. For the first time in many years, maybe decades, the Tigers had an unbelievable defense, offense and…

Excessive Fines and Fees Are Hindering Reentry in Louisiana

Scott Peyton | February 28, 2019
Act 260 (HB 249) is one of ten bills that make up Louisiana’s 2017 Justice Reinvestment Initiative (JRI) reforms.  The goal of Act 260 is “to ensure that criminal justice…

Why Halloween is especially scary in some Virginia cities

Katie Greer | October 19, 2018
This article by Katie Greer originally appeared in Washington Post October 19, 2018. Fall: That time of year when Americans race down the aisles to snag all things pumpkin…

Scenes of Halloween in Chesapeake, Va.

Michael Haugen | October 11, 2018
Oct. 31, 8:01 p.m.   A high, clear shriek rends the stillness of the night, as a chill wind settles over Dunning Lane. Though an occasional wail is to…

Sunshine and Seashells, Mollusks and Mens Rea

Michael Haugen | July 23, 2018
Collecting seashells that are strewn across thousands of miles of America’s shorelines may be a pastime for many beachgoers, but a recent incident out of Florida highlights that the…

It’s time for the government to get off taxpayers’ lawns

Katie Greer | June 22, 2018
This article by Katie Greer originally appeared in The Hill June 21st, 2018. Owning a home is a cornerstone of the American dream. Homeownership can feel extremely freeing and…

Fund courts properly to avoid burden on taxpayers

Elain Ellerbe | June 5, 2018
This article by Elain Ellerbe originally appeared in The Advocate June 4th, 2018. In the Legislature’s last session, House Bill 249 passed that allows judges to waive or provide…

How Texas is moving to end debtors’ prisons

Katie Greer | April 9, 2018
This article by Katie Greer originally appeared in the Washington Examiner April 9th, 2018.   A Texas mom, Valerie Gonzales, was thrown in jail because she couldn’t afford the…

Right on Crime applauds Mississippi Legislature for passing criminal justice reform

Right on Crime | 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…

Watch: Marc Levin on Pretrial Justice

Katie Greer | January 26, 2018
Marc Levin went live to discuss pretrial justice. He revealed that the U.S. spends $13.6 billion on pretrial incarceration. Levin said a common reason that some people are locked…

Criminal Justice Reform Needs to be Led by Conservatives

Chelsea Murphy | January 12, 2018
Tuesday, January 9th, marked the start of the 2018 Florida Legislative Session and a chance for the Florida Legislature to make positive strides towards conservative criminal justice reform. There…

Louisiana Court System Funding Needs Legislative Fix

Elain Ellerbe | January 2, 2018
In a recent op-ed, Louisiana Republican Representative Tanner Magee, who was a major champion of the historic criminal justice reforms passed during the 2017 session, frankly stated that Louisiana’s…
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