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Right on Crime Celebrates Ten Years of Criminal Justice Reform in Texas

Right on Crime | March 1, 2017
This year, the Texas Public Policy Foundation and Right on Crime celebrate ten years of criminal justice reform efforts in Texas. In 2007, facing the prospect of having to…

In Arizona, One Man Faces Criminal Penalties for Cutting the Homeless’ Hair Without a License

Michael Haugen | February 10, 2017
As the saying goes, good deeds never go unpunished. A Tucson man is finding this out the hard way as he’s currently under investigation by Arizona’s State Board of…

Texas Committee Recommends Reducing Costs by Expanding Alternatives to Incarceration

Right on Crime | February 2, 2017
This blog post was written by Right on Crime research associate Brian Bensimon. A new report by Texas’s House Committee on Corrections urges the state to continue funding programs that…

New Illinois Bill Providing Greater Sentencing Flexibility, Trauma Recovery Services Heads to Governor’s Desk

Right on Crime | January 20, 2017
This post was written by Right on Crime research associate Jace Waechter. On Tuesday, the Illinois Senate passed a bill giving judges more sentencing alternatives for non-violent offenders and began the…

Randy Petersen on ‘The Lars Larson Show’: Policing Is A “Uniquely Local” Idea

Michael Haugen | January 18, 2017
Randy Petersen, our senior researcher of policing, recently appeared on “The Lars Larson Show” to discuss his latest commentary in The Hill, which pushes back against suggestions that have…

Ohio Gov. Kasich Signs Bill Bringing Major Civil Forfeiture Reform to Buckeye State

Michael Haugen | January 6, 2017
With Ohio Governor John Kasich’s signature of House Bill 347, the Buckeye State has become the latest, and the first of the new year, to significantly restrain the ability…

Oklahoma’s High Court Affirms Limitations on Sentencing Juvenile Offenders to Life in Prison

Right on Crime | December 16, 2016
This blog post was written by Christopher Gambini, a Right on Crime research associate. Recently, Oklahoma’s Supreme Court affirmed limitations on sentencing juvenile offenders to life in prison. The court…

On Criminal Justice Reform, It’s Been State and Local Leaders Carrying the Torch

Michael Haugen | December 12, 2016
Recently, my colleague Haley Holik penned a timely piece concerning the knee-jerk fatalism among many justice reform advocates on the left that has attended the result of the presidential…

Andrew Speno on Oklahoma’s State of Play: “Being A Better Steward of Our Resources” Is Needed

Michael Haugen | December 7, 2016
In a recent interview, our Oklahoma state director Andrew Speno joined News Radio 1000 KTOK to discuss the state of play surrounding conservative criminal justice reform efforts in the…

Louisiana Association of Business and Industry: State’s Inadequate Workforce ‘May Be Fulfilled’ By Ex-Offenders

Right on Crime | November 30, 2016
This blog post was written by Jace Waechter, a Right on Crime research associate. On November 18, the Louisiana Association Business and Industry (LABI) held a summit to address…

New Report Shows Ninety-One Percent of New Criminal Laws in Oklahoma Fall Outside Penal Code

Right on Crime | November 22, 2016
This blog post was written by Christopher Gambini, a Right on Crime research associate. The Manhattan Institute recently released a report on Oklahoma overcriminalization reform, which spotlights Oklahoma’s problematic penal…

The Advocate: Growing Coalition of Louisiana Leaders Push for Reform Through Justice Reinvestment Initiative

Right on Crime | November 21, 2016
This blog post was written by Jace Waechter, a Right on Crime research assistant. Last Thursday, a task force designed to look at ways to improve public safety and…
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