Kentucky Going “Smart on Crime”

With a burgeoning prison population, Kentucky has begun to think of more cost-effective ways to handle this problem. Looking towards alternative sentencing plans that have been proven to lower crime rates, they also take into account employment which will allow individuals to remain contributing members of society. Finally, they are also attempting to provide second chances for non-violent offenders through counseling instead of exposing them to more serious criminals.

The Kentucky Department of Public Advocacy is calling for changes to cut down on financial waste in the criminal justice system.
Public Advocate Ed Monahan testified recently at a meeting of the General Assembly Interim Joint Judiciary Committee meeting about 10 proposals the department is making.

Those recommendations include reclassifying minor misdemeanors as violations, creating a “gross misdemeanor” classification for low-level felonies, presuming parole for eligible low-risk offenders, creating alternatives to incarcerations, providing alternative sentencing plans for flagrant nonsupport instead of imprisonment, increasing the felony theft limit from $500 to $2,000, limiting capital prosecutions, creating Class D felony expungement, creating a “clear and convincing” standard for pretrial release decisions and modifying violent offender and persistent felony offender statutes.

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Reform prisons the right way

There is a new conservative prison reform movement in America. It is working to remove or lesson mandatory minimum sentences, and to increase releases of non-violent criminals, and to reverse prison policies many of which were previously passed into law by conservatives.

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David Keene: “Overhaul justice for juveniles”

“As a conservative who puts family first, I am encouraged to see that states are reforming their juvenile justice systems to produce better results for victims, offenders and taxpayers.”

Click here to read more from ROC signatory David Keene as he discusses juvenile justice in his op-ed for The News-Enterprise.


National Review: Not Too Soft, Not Too Hard…but just Right on Crime

In this National Review article, Texas is recognized as “a state with an enlightened leadership that keenly appreciates the fact that anti-crime measures adopted during the epidemic decades from the late 1960s to the early 1990s have in some part outlived their usefulness.”

Following Marc Levin’s U.S. Judiciary Committee testimony concerning mandatory minimums, he told Kevin Williamson at National Review: “A few decades ago, most federal offenders were white-collar criminals or international drug kingpins, but now there are a lot of small-fry offenders convicted of possession, dealing to their families, things like that. They need to be held accountable, but in a way that is commensurate. The stars are aligning for some success at the federal level, which in the past has been elusive.”

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David Keene op-ed in Salem Statesman-Journal

In an op-ed published in today’s Statesman JournalRight on Crime signatory and NRA president David Keene urges conservatives to examine whether taxpayers are getting the most from the money spent on public safety. He highlights state data that shows Oregon’s criminal justice system is not passing this cost-benefit test.

While Oregon has been a leader in effective corrections and sentencing policies, the state has started to veer off course over the last decade, with M11 and M57 driving a lot of the costly growth. State data shows the growing prison population will cost taxpayers $600 million in new spending over the coming decade.

Mr. Keene, a long-time opponent of mandatory minimums, calls on Oregon policymakers to turn the conservative lens of fiscal accountability and limited government on the state’s criminal justice system and support reforms that will spend public safety dollars more wisely.

Right on Crime works in many states to elevate the conservative voice for criminal justice reform, including Georgia, Kentucky, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, and Texas.