Reform in Action

"There is one transcendent advantage belonging to the province of the State governments...–I mean the ordinary administration of criminal and civil justice." -- Federalist No. 17

In the world of conservative criminal justice reform, the most exciting advances are taking place at the state level.  Every state is different, and thus every state is finding unique solutions.  All of the states on the left, however, have one thing in common: They are seizing the opportunity to cut corrections costs and keep the public safe.

Click on a state to the left to read about its successful initiatives or click on a post below to keep up with the most current developments.

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  • A New Push for Conservative Reform in California

    Posted in California, Priority Issues, Prisons, ROC Blog, State Initiatives: July 17, 2014 by Vikrant P. Reddy

    A November ballot initiative in California is directed at reforming the state’s troubled criminal justice system. The California Safe Neighborhoods and Schools Act, would…

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  • Enhancing Public Safety & Right-Sizing Florida’s Criminal Justice System

    Posted in Florida, ROC Blog, State Initiatives, Uncategorized: July 15, 2014 by Right on Crime

    Texas Public Policy Foundation’s Right on Crime asking the right questions: Which criminal laws are overlapping, obsolete, overbroad or vague, or lacking a mens rea provision? What percent of offenders in community corrections and prison are paying the restitution they owe? Which treatment, education, and work programs most reduce re-offending for each type of offender? [...]

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  • ROC signatory Mike Thompson: “States’ Improvements”

    Posted in Prisons, ROC Blog, State Initiatives, Virginia: July 14, 2014 by Right on Crime

    ROC signatory and President of the Thomas Jefferson Institute for Public Policy Mike Thompson authored the following letter to the editor of the Virginian Pilot: Prison is unquestionably the proper place for violent and repeat offenders, and long sentences for such dangerous felons will always be worth their hefty cost.But as Ken Cuccinelli and Deborah [...]

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  • More prisons not the answer

    Posted in Prisons, ROC Blog, State Initiatives: July 14, 2014 by Right on Crime

    Hawke’s Bay Today released an article comparing the prison systems of New Zealand and the United States. Some observations include: “New Zealand’s imprisonment rate is seventh highest in the OECD, just behind Mexico. We imprison 155 people per 100,000 population, while three quarters of OECD countries sit at 140 per 100,000, according to Statistics New [...]

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