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Steering the Criminal Justice System Toward Rehabilitation Using First Step Act

BY Luke Hogg

Written following his return from 10 years in Siberian exile, Dostoevsky’s “Crime and Punishment” follows the story of Rodion Raskolnikov as he grapples with mental anguish after killing a pawnbroker. Dostoevksy struggles with many ethical dilemmas that plague criminal justice, including deep questions about the efficacy of imprisonment and the process of redemption. Centering around the dichotomy between formal and informal punishment, the questions that Dostoevsky contends with are issues that still bear enormous significance on how we choose to seek justice.

01/28/2020
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Press Release

FreedomWorks Releases Issue Brief Entitled “Red State Redemption” Highlighting Conservative State Efforts In Support of Criminal Justice Reform

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- FreedomWorks today announces the release of its issue brief entitled, “Red State Redemption,” which highlights the efforts of conservative “red” states in addressing criminal justice reform. Josh Withrow, FreedomWorks’ Senior Policy Analyst, commented:

01/16/2020
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Issue Analysis

Red State Redemption: Ten Conservative States That Have Led the Way on Justice Reform

In the early 2000's, many of the states which had enacted the harshest mandatory sentences and "tough on crime" laws were also facing budget crises and desperately overcrowded prisons. In response, lawmakers in state like Texas, Georgia, and South Carolina started to reexamine the entire purpose of their criminal justice systems, and even became leaders in the national push for criminal justice reform.

01/16/2020
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Press Release

FreedomWorks Authors Issue Brief Addressing Occupational Licensure Reform for the Formerly Incarcerated

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- FreedomWorks released today its issue brief entitled,“Reducing Occupational Licensure as an Obstacle for the Formerly Incarcerated.” Occupational licensure requirements are a major impediment to the formerly incarcerated who strive to reenter society and the economy as productive, law-abiding citizens. FreedomWorks’ Senior Policy Analyst Josh Withrow commented:

01/14/2020
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Issue Analysis

Issue Brief: Reducing Occupational Licensure as an Obstacle for the Formerly Incarcerated

The number of jobs that require a government-approved license has exploded in just the past few decades. This increase in occupational licensure is problematic in its own right, as it reduces competition and access to jobs for those who cannot afford the time and/or money it takes to acquire a license to work.

01/10/2020
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Press Release

FreedomWorks Statement in Response to Senate Passage of the Fair Chance Act in the NDAA Conference Report

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- In response to the Senate’s passage of the conference report for the National Defense Authorization Act for FY 2020, which included an important criminal justice reform measure, the Fair Chance Act, Jason Pye, FreedomWorks’ vice president of legislative affairs, commented:

12/17/2019
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Press Release

FreedomWorks Statement in Response to Passage of the 2020 NDAA Conference Report Including Fair Chance Act

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- In response to the House's passage of the conference report for the National Defense Authorization Act for FY 2020, which includes an important criminal justice reform measure, the Fair Chance Act, Jason Pye, FreedomWorks Vice President of Legislative Affairs, commented:

12/11/2019
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FreedomWorks Statement in Response to Pennsylvania House Judiciary Committee’s Passage of Criminal Justice Reform Legislation

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- In response to the Pennsylvania House Judiciary committee’s passage today of multiple bills dealing with criminal justice reform, including expungement, occupational licensing, and probation reform, Jason Pye, FreedomWorks Vice President of Legislative Affairs, commented:

12/09/2019
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First Step, Second Chances

BY Jason Pye

The momentous criminal justice bill passed last year, the First Step Act, is already bearing fruit. Thousands of nonviolent offenders tried under federal laws and sentenced to obscenely long sentences with no chance of parole are closer to breathing free air again. Earlier this year, more than 2,200 federal prison inmates were released and many more have had their sentences significantly reduced.

11/14/2019
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Issue Analysis

FreedomWorks Foundation Releases Updated Version of From High Seas to Highway Robbery

In July 2015, FreedomWorks Foundation published an issue brief, From High Seas to Highway Robbery: How Civil Asset Forfeiture Became One of the Worst Forms of Government Overreach, which documented the history of civil asset forfeiture and how it came to be used so frequently. In the more than four years since the publication of this issue brief, several states have passed reforms to protect innocent individuals from civil asset forfeiture. There has also been a case at the Supreme Court that touches on the issue.

11/11/2019

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