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  • Using Harris Jails Less and Seeing Public Safety Improve More

    Posted in Criminal Justice News, Prisons, ROC Blog, Texas: December 15, 2014 by Vikrant P. Reddy

    In Texas, everything is big—but that’s not always something to boast about. For example, the Harris County Jail, which houses about 9,000 inmates daily, is the third-largest jail system in the nation. Prisons and jails are different. Prisons are state-level facilities for felony offenders who have been convicted. Jails are county-level facilities that hold sentenced […]

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  • ROC Signatory JC Watts leads Colson Task Force to Tackle Federal Prison Reforms

    Posted in Criminal Justice News, Prisons, ROC Blog: December 11, 2014 by Right on Crime

    In yesterday’s Roll Call, former Virginia Congressman Alan Mollohan and Oklahoma Congressman and Right on Crime signatory JC Watts announced the formation of the Charles Colson Task Force to tackle federal prison reform. They write: It is imperative that public safety remain the focal point of this conversation. When we talk about reducing federal spending on […]

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  • Reddy: In Support of Mens Rea Protections in Ohio

    Posted in Criminal Justice News, Ohio, Overcriminalization, ROC Blog: December 8, 2014 by Right on Crime

    Being convicted of a crime is a very serious event that can close many doors in a person’s life. This is why there are many measures taken to ensure that only the guilty are treated as such. But now many states, including Ohio, have removed a key historical protection of citizens, mens rea. Mens rea, […]

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  • Cohen: More Federal Spending is Counterproductive to Police Reform

    Posted in Criminal Justice News, ROC Blog: December 6, 2014 by Right on Crime

    Right on Crime policy analyst Derek Cohen writes in The Hill about the Obama administration’s proposed federal initiatives in criminal justice policy. He makes several crucial points, emphasizing the “do something!” nature of the president’s proposals, and the cynical attempt to take advantage of the news cycle. As Cohen writes, “the proposed spending would further […]

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