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Texas

The Police Union

Randy Petersen | January 31, 2019
The police are an integral part of our communities, representing what many consider to be one of few legitimate roles of government: protecting rights and ensuring liberty through the…

Commission to Study and Review Certain Penal Laws in Texas

Right on Crime | January 18, 2019
“The Texas occupational licensure regime, predominantly impeding Texans of modest means, can seem a hodge-podge of disjointed, logic-defying irrationalities, where the burdens imposed seem almost farcical, forcing many lower-income…

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

Katie Greer | 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…

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

Right on Crime | 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…

Texas Legislature could restore justice through Grand Jury reform

Daniel Moore | July 30, 2018
During the 2015 legislative session, Texas lawmakers made some changes to the State’s grand jury system. A major change included ending the controversial “pick-a-pal” system, which was criticized for…

Texas Senators should follow lead of state’s criminal justice successes

Right on Crime | July 6, 2018
This article by Right on Crime signatories, former Texas State Rep. Jerry Madden and Deason Capital Services President Doug Deason, originally appeared in the Houston Chronicle July 6th, 2018.…

Criminal justice experts weigh in on potential GOP party platform planks

Katie Greer | 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…

Texas Conservative Leaders Urge Cruz and Cornyn to Support Prison Reform

Right on Crime | 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…

Texans Support the FIRST STEP Act

Right on Crime | 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…

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

Katie Greer | 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…

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…
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