“Is Georgia getting ‘Right on Crime’?”

From Peach Pundit: During the budget crisis that has dated back a couple years, many fiscal conservatives have been urging legislators to take a look at criminal justice reform Using the Right on Crime model, it looks as though Georgia will finally step away from it’s “tough on crime” approach to addiction.

This article from the Peach Pundit credits ROC policies with “saving taxpayers $20 million per year.”

Georgia Public Policy Foundation holds final meeting to approve criminal justice reform

The following videos were recorded at GPPF’s final meeting of the Georgia Council on Criminal Justice Reform. Click to view.

“Negligent Hiring” Protection

Ban the Box and Criminal Records

Food Stamps and TANF

Driver’s License Reinstatement

Supportive Housing

Click here to view previous Criminal Justice Reform Council videos from GPPF.

GPPF on juvenile justice

In his article “Broken Families, Parents Without Skills, Kids in Juvenile Justice,” Mike Klein discusses juvenile justice reform in Georgia.

The article can be viewed here.

GPPF: Framework Established for 2014 Criminal Justice Reform

Georgia would “Ban the Box” and take a deeper dive into return-to-prison recidivism rates under two preliminary recommendations approved this week by the Georgia Council on Criminal Justice Reform.  The Council’s final report is due to Governor Nathan Deal, the judiciary and legislators before they open their session on Monday, January 13, 2014.

Click here to read more about Georgia’s 2014 criminal justice reforms.

Georgia Public Policy Foundation on reforming the criminal justice system

In this article, GPPF discusses the significance of offender rehabilitation, quoting convicted murderer Aakeem Woodard.

“It is impossible to let a person go five-to-six years in prison and expect that person to rehabilitate himself and begin that process six months before you come home.”

GPPF also authored the article “Tearing Down Invisible Prison Walls Created by Poverty,” in which they address the issue of offender re-entry into society.

State criminal justice reforms in action

This new ROC infographic gives the facts about criminal justice in Texas and proves that our reforms are effective.

Check out the infographic below and and click here to read more about state-level reforms.

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Vikrant Reddy: “Three myths about conservatives and criminal justice”

Vikrant Reddy details 3 myths about conservatives and criminal justice – and proves why they aren’t true.

Read the whole article here.

James Madison Institute “A Tale of Two States”

On September 24, The James Madison Institute hosted a forum in partnership with The Florida State University’s Project on Accountable Justice and St. Petersburg College Institute for Strategic Policy Solutions to discuss what Florida can learn from Georgia’s successful juvenile justice reforms. The public forum was titled “A Tale of Two Cities: What Can Florida Learn From Georgia’s Criminal and Juvenile Justice Reforms?” and featured The Honorable Michael P. Boggs, Judge, Georgia Court of Appeals, Co-Chair, Georgia Council on Criminal Justice Reform, The Honorable Jay Neal, Member, Georgia House of Representatives, W. Thomas Worthy, Deputy Executive Counsel, and Georgia Governor Nathan Deal, Co-Chair, Georgia Council on Criminal Justice Reform.

Click here to watch the full video.

Fox News: “Conservatives join push to roll back mandatory prison sentences”

Following Marc Levin’s testimony before the U.S. Judiciary Committee, this Fox News story features Right on Crime, noting that “The project has since been part of recent, successful efforts in Georgia, Ohio, Pennsylvania and South Carolina to reform their systems through such changes as reducing penalties for low-level drug possessions; expanding the use of time- and cost-efficient drug courts; using money once earmarked for prisons to improve law-enforcement strategies and expanding community-based programs for offenders, including treatment.”

Read the full article here.

Norquist-Gleason: Holder follows GOP lead in easing harsh drug laws

ROC signatory Grover Norquist co-authors this Reuters op-ed with Patrick Gleason, in which they further discuss how U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder is late to the party regarding criminal justice reforms, noting that “it has been Republicans in the states who are leading the way.”

“Consider Texas, where the smart-on-crime policy reform movement began in 2003, when the state’s Republican legislators passed a law mandating that all non-dealer drug offenders convicted for possession of less than a gram be sentenced to probation instead of jail time.

Recognizing the success of smart-on-crime reforms in Texas, other states have now followed [Right on Crime's] lead.”

Read the full Reuters op-ed here.