Priority Issues: Other

Criminal justice is a vast field, and important new public policy issues are constantly emerging.  Watch this space for the latest news and research about unique areas of conservative criminal justice reform.

Reforming Indigent Defense: How Free Market Principles Can Help to Fix a Broken System published by The Cato Institute

Veterans’ Courts by the Texas Public Policy Foundation

  • Senator Paul Pushes Substantial Forfeiture Reform

    Posted in Other, Priority Issues, ROC Blog: July 28, 2014 by Derek M. Cohen

    The movement for civil asset forfeiture reform has been gaining momentum as of late. What started as a spotlight on the national practice from a libertarian law firm has recently spawned interest in local to national media. Now, Kentucky Senator Rand Paul has filed a bill seeking to substantially rein in…

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  • Harsh Results from Civil Asset Forfeiture Abuse

    Posted in Other, Pennsylvania, Priority Issues, ROC Blog, State Initiatives: August 27, 2013 by Derek M. Cohen

    Recent coverage in both popular and independent media has drawn national attention to the practice of civil asset forfeiture. Civil asset forfeiture (or CAF) is the practice of taking legal action against an inanimate object for its alleged role in criminal activity, regardless of the owner’s complicity.

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  • Georgia Jails Post Lower Populations

    Posted in Georgia, Other, Priority Issues, ROC Blog, State Initiatives: January 28, 2013 by Jeanette Moll

    Less than one year after implementing smart, conservative sentencing reform, Georgia’s counties are already bearing witness to the benefits. Last session, Georgia’s legislature decided to reevaluate the sentences for some low-risk, non-violent crimes, and discussed whether public safety dictated that…

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  • At the Heritage Foundation: “Clemency: Old Problems, New Solutions”

    Posted in Events, Other, Priority Issues, ROC Blog: November 29, 2012 by Vikrant P. Reddy

    On Monday, December 10th, the Constitution Project, Families Against Mandatory Minimums, the Heritage Foundation, and the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers are hosting a panel discussion titled “Clemency: Old Problems, New Solutions.” The event will take place from 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM in the…

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  • IJ’s New Video on the Motel Caswell Case

    Posted in Audio and Video, Other, Priority Issues, ROC Blog, State Initiatives, Video: November 12, 2012 by Vikrant P. Reddy

    The Institute for Justice has posted a new video explaining the notorious Motel Caswell asset forfeiture case in Massachusetts. The case has been generating significant media attention, including an article in the Wall Street Journal and a George F. Will column in the Washington Post.

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  • Crime, Workforce, and Economic Development

    Posted in Michigan, Other, Priority Issues, ROC Blog, State Initiatives: October 18, 2012 by Jeanette Moll

    In a recent poll, Detroit residents pegged crime as their biggest concern. This bucks the national trend of Americans worrying less and less about safety as crime rates drop. In fact, only one percent of Americans elsewhere believe that crime is the nation’s most important problem.

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  • Website Allows Users to See Full Legal Consequences of Criminal Records

    Posted in Other, Priority Issues, ROC Blog: September 25, 2012 by Erin M. Blauvelt

    A new website, launched by the American Bar Association and the Department of Justice’s National Institute of Justice, is revealing many of the overlooked punishments that accompany criminal convictions—those punishments not administered by the court.

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  • Fifth Circuit Issues Ruling on Federal Sex Offender Laws

    Posted in Other, Priority Issues, ROC Blog: July 10, 2012 by Jeanette Moll

    An en banc panel of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit recently ruled that the federal government has no constitutional basis to apply federal sex offender registry requirements to defendants released unconditionally prior to enactment of the federal sex offender laws and whose travel is purely intrastate.

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  • Predicting Violence in Pre-Trial Defendants

    Posted in Other, Priority Issues, ROC Blog: June 14, 2012 by Cody Smith

    Nationwide, pre-trial incarceration – and the costs associated with it – is on the rise. Fiscal conservatives must ask whether a decrease in crime is actually resulting from the increase in costs. In the new issue of the Texas Law Review, an empirical study offers two important insights…

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  • New Report on Prosecutorial Regulation of Corporations

    Posted in Other, Priority Issues, ROC Blog: May 16, 2012 by Jeanette Moll

    Low level criminal cases against individual defendants can sometimes be dismissed in lieu of a fine, or due to community service performed prior to the trial date, usually as recognition that the individual defendant’s debt to society has been paid and a trial is unnecessary.

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