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Ex–NYPD Commissioner: Why President Trump Is Right to Let Local Police Buy Military Equipment

Right on Crime | September 8, 2017
This article by Right on Crime signatory Bernard Kerik originally appeared in TIME, September 8th, 2017. Before the order was even released, much hand-wringing over the Trump White House’s reversal…

Follow Oklahoma County’s Lead on Criminal Justice

Andrew Speno | September 8, 2017
Oklahomans have a substantive opportunity to implement criminal justice reform. Oklahoma County has taken the initiative to uncover ways to reduce its bloated jail population through the creation of…

Podcast: America’s Opioid Crisis Worse Than Reported

Right on Crime | August 21, 2017
Chuck DeVore, Vice President of National Initiatives at the Texas Public Policy Foundation spoke on The Lars Larson Show about the shocking findings from a University of Virginia study: America’s opioid…

Right on Crime Attends 2017 NCSL Legislative Summit in Boston

Chelsea Murphy | August 16, 2017
This past week, Right on Crime had the honor to attend the National Conference for State Legislators (NCSL) in Boston, Massachusetts. Every summer, thousands of legislators and staff come…

As Troubles Mount, Wisconsin Juvenile Justice System is Primed for Overhaul

Thomas Lyons | July 18, 2017
USA Today-Wisconsin affiliates reported last week the number of inmates at the state’s two juvenile prisons have declined in the last two years.  The prisons, Lincoln Hills and Copper…

Department of Corrections Wants Reform for Oklahoma

Andrew Speno | July 6, 2017
Witnessing the director of a state agency plead with lawmakers to shrink the size of his department to save the state money is about as common these days as…

Fines, Fees, and Forfeiture Under the Commission on Civil Rights’ Microscope

Right on Crime | May 3, 2017
This blog post was written by Right on Crime research associates Jace Waechter and Brian Bensimon. Recently, the Commission on Civil Rights held a hearing to investigate the Department of…

A Rising Chorus of Texas Leaders Calling for Reform of Excessive Court-Imposed Fines and Fees

Right on Crime | March 20, 2017
This blog post was written by Right on Crime research associate Jace Waechter. In Texas, revenue from fines such as parking or traffic violations generated over $1 billion dollars…

Louisiana Justice Reinvestment Task Force Recommendations for Criminal Justice Reform Released Today

Elain Ellerbe | March 16, 2017
After 10 months of digging into the drivers of Louisiana’s worst ranked prison population by rate, the bi-partisan Louisiana Justice Reinvestment Task Force rolled out its recommendations at a…

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

Right on Crime | 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…

Oklahoma Justice Reform Task Force: Resolve Prison Overpopulation by Adopting Cost-Effective, Evidence-Based Reforms

Right on Crime | March 3, 2017
This blog post was written by Right on Crime research associate Brian Bensimon. Facing a prison bed crisis amid an ever-growing prison population, Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin created a…

President Trump Keeps Safety, Law Enforcement, and Victims at Top of Mind

Joe Luppino-Esposito | March 3, 2017
In his first address to Congress, President Donald Trump covered a wide range of issues facing the US, including crime rates. Though many in the media have greatly exaggerated…
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