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Guide for Lawmakers on Criminal Justice Reform

Rohan Vaidya | November 27, 2017
A newly released project commissioned by Arizona State University, in conjunction with the Charles Koch Foundation, provides a comprehensive guide for tackling the various issues surrounding criminal justice reform…

A Fox in Charge of the Hen House

Kurt Altman | November 20, 2017
I have written about it before—HB2477—a major reform to the civil asset forfeiture process in Arizona that was passed by legislators and signed by the Governor. Amongst the many…

Women Suffering Opioid Addiction Experience Long Wait for Treatment

Julie Warren | November 8, 2017
The Tennessean recently published an article that highlighted “one unexpected effect of Tennessee’s opioid crisis”: women suffering from addiction are serving longer jail terms than their male counterparts—six months…

Mental Health in Louisiana Prisons is an Oxymoron

Elain Ellerbe | November 7, 2017
By definition an oxymoron is “a figure of speech in which two opposite ideas are joined to create an effect”.  Given the severe lack of mental health services in…

Florida May Reduce Mandatory Minimums for Low Level Drug Offenses

Chelsea Murphy | November 7, 2017
Florida Senator Jeff Brandes (R-St. Petersburg) and Representative Ben Diamond (D-St. Petersburg) filed legislation to create a judicial safety valve for low level drug crimes. We applaud their proposed…

Conservative Coalition Applauds Proposed Mandatory Minimum Reform

Right on Crime | October 31, 2017
Right on Crime, FAMM, Reason Foundation, & The James Madison Institute Praise Action Tallahassee, Fla. – A coalition of conservative public policy organizations today applauded a proposed reform to…

IRS Refuses to Return Honest Earnings

Rohan Vaidya | October 27, 2017
When Iowa restaurant owner, Carole Hinders, received a visit from tax agents back in 2014, she had no idea that her entire livelihood was at stake. Her money, from…

Right on Crime in Oklahoma

Andrew Speno | October 25, 2017
Oklahoma lawmakers gathered for a hearing on the interim study on criminal justice reform at the state capitol, Tuesday, October 24th. The Chairman of the study, Rep. Terry O’Donnell…

Prison Reform will Make Louisiana Safer

Right on Crime | October 19, 2017
This article by Daniel Erspamer, Right on Crime Signatory and CEO of the Pelican Institute for Public Policy, originally appeared in Shreveport Times, October 17th, 2017. Caddo Parish Sheriff Steve…

Senator Hatch’s Bill Protects Americans from Bad Lawmaking

Joe Luppino-Esposito | October 19, 2017
Senator Orrin Hatch has once again shown to be a true leader for criminal justice reform. The Mens Rea Reform Act is a seemingly obvious piece of legislation. However,…

Families Need Criminal Justice Reform

Katie Greer | October 17, 2017
Conservatives often argue that a key component of raising happy, productive children is parental stability. Children from broken homes are much more likely to get involved with drugs and…

Tennessee’s House of Representatives Task Force on Opioid and Prescription Abuse

Julie Warren | October 17, 2017
This year, the Tennessee House of Representatives convened the House Task Force on Opioid and Prescription Abuse.  The task force recently made public its recommendations. I want to start…
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