New Paper Identifies Policy Solutions to Improve Texas’s Corrections System

Michael Haugen | January 26, 2021
Today, the Texas Public Policy Foundation’s Right on Crime campaign published the paper Prisons and Penny-Pinching: Finding Budget Savings in the Time of COVID-19. “In light of projected budgetary shortfalls…

On Mask Wearing, Don’t Use Law Enforcement As Hall Monitors

Michael Haugen | June 23, 2020
Faced with the inability to slap the wrists of citizen’s themselves for not wearing masks in public, local officials in Texas are beginning to resort to the next best…

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…

Bail reform is a good thing but California went too far

Michael Haugen | September 10, 2018
This article by Michael Haugen originally appeared in Dallas Morning News September 9, 2018. There has been a long-running comparison between California and Texas as to which of the…

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…

In rural areas, jail populations are skyrocketing — including pretrial detainees

Michael Haugen | July 3, 2018
This article by Michael Haugen originally appeared in National Review July 3rd, 2018.   Although never explicitly codified in the Constitution, the axiom that a person is considered innocent…

Director of Right on Crime Discusses Civil Forfeiture, Madoff Scheme on Fox Business

Michael Haugen | November 10, 2017
Right on Crime’s Director Derek Cohen went on air with Fox Business last night in response to the DOJ’s announcement that it had used civil asset forfeiture to capture…

U.S. House Unanimously Approves Bill to Curb Civil Forfeiture in IRS ‘Structuring’ Cases

Michael Haugen | September 12, 2017
By a unanimous voice vote last Tuesday, the House of Representatives approved a measure aimed at limiting the ability of the Internal Revenue Service to utilize asset forfeiture in…

“Ban the Box” Policies Hurt Where They’re Supposed to Help

Michael Haugen | August 25, 2017
It’s taken some time, but realization is starting to dawn that certain re-entry policies championed by reform advocates on the Left—principally “Ban the Box,” one component of more comprehensive…

Ten Years of Criminal Justice Reform in Texas

Michael Haugen | August 1, 2017
This essay originally appeared in the July edition of Veritas, a quarterly publication of the Texas Public Policy Foundation. If one were to search for an example to prove correct the old…

GAO: ‘Enhanced Controls’ Needed to Prevent Fraudulent Surplus Military Gear Transfers

Michael Haugen | July 27, 2017
A controversial federal program providing surplus military gear to federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies hasn’t been properly verifying applications for the transfer of various controlled property, including…

A Better Bail System for Texas

Michael Haugen | May 22, 2017
This article originally appeared in the El Paso Times on May 19, 2017. We all know that, in America, a defendant is considered innocent until proven guilty, and it can be…
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