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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