Jul 20, 2016    |    News

GOP Governors Push for Criminal Justice Reform

by David Avella

At the age of 18, West Powell stole two car radios. According to his testimony, given earlier this year at the Kentucky State Capitol, he was unable to afford one for his Chevy Cavalier and…

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Jul 20, 2016    |    News

The GOP Platform on Criminal Justice

by Robert VerBruggen

A source has provided TAC with the criminal-justice language from the new GOP platform (which will not become official until next week). It’s not a dramatic departure from the 2012 language—available starting on page 37 here—but…

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Jul 15, 2016    |    News

Ryan Says House Will Vote on Criminal Justice Reform Bills in September

by C.J. Ciaramella

The House will consider a package of six criminal justice reform bills in September, House Speaker Paul Ryan said in an interview with NPR’s Steve Inskeep on Friday. As I reported earlier this week, the…

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Jul 14, 2016    |    News

Grassroots Effort For Criminal Justice Reform

Originally published by WMUR By John DiStaso We first reported on June 16 on a new nonprofit group, the Project for Opportunity and Safety, formed to support the passage of “commonsense, conservative reforms” through the…

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Jul 11, 2016    |    News

Criminal justice reform: Fairer to all communities, safer for our police

Originally published by Red Alert Politics By: Phalen Kuckuck Twice in two days, black men were shot and killed by police officers. Last night, five police officers were killed while protecting a protest in Dallas. The common…

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Jul 7, 2016    |    News

Norquist: Criminal justice reform dies without conservatives


Conservative activist Grover Norquist argued Tuesday that nobody would have taken criminal justice reform seriously if it had only been advanced by the Left, without help from conservatives. At a discussion hosted by the advocacy…

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Jul 4, 2016    |    News

Federal sentencing reform will have positive effect on Native American communities

Originally published by Missoulian By: Bruce Meyers Native American girls face the highest rates of incarceration of any ethnic group. They are five times as likely as white girls to be sentenced to do time…

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Jun 30, 2016    |    News

Mississippi’s ‘Laboratory of Democracy’ Deserves Notice

by State Senator Brice Wiggins

Murders, sexual batteries, burglaries, drug transfers — I prosecuted them all. From 2003 to 2011, first as a Youth Court prosecutor and then as an assistant district attorney for seven years, I interacted with families,…

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Jun 22, 2016    |    News

How to Combat Mass Incarceration

The Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act would be an important first step in reforming our unjust federal punishment system. However, numerous politicians, including Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke, still oppose this bill that would reduce…

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Jun 22, 2016    |    News

Religious Leaders Pray and Advocate for Sentencing Reform

A wide array of religious leaders joined forces to push for a new bill that would reform harsh sentencing guidelines. They gathered together on the U.S. Capitol’s lawn to hold a prayer vigil and to…

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