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FreedomWorks Urges Senate Republicans to Follow Lead of Conservative States on Justice Reform

Following the announcement of changes to the Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act (S. 2123), FreedomWorks CEO Adam Brandon commented:

04/28/2016
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The Politics of a Guilty Mind

Criminal justice reform has been a topic of major focus in Congress for several sessions. On the foremost issues, both sides of the aisle have managed to agree. However, most recently, the push to provide stronger mens rea requirements and guidelines has torn bipartisan advocates for justice reform apart. One side of the debate argues that federal statutes that fail to include mens rea standards place individuals in danger by potentially prosecuting persons who did not intend to commit a crime. The other side contends that adequate alternatives and supplemental options already exist, eliminating the need to create more legislation on the matter.

04/22/2016
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Justice Reform Package Passes through Oklahoma Legislature, Soon to be Signed into Law

In recent years, several conservative states have been at the forefront in tackling justice reform. As documented in the report Federalism in Action: How Conservative States Got Smart on Crime, states like Texas and Georgia have been able to cut back on total prison expenditures while also reducing rates of incarceration and recidivism. Now, Oklahoma is looking to emulate these great success stories, as a series of justice reform bills recently passed through the House and Senate. All that is left is the signature of Governor Mary Fallin, and Oklahoma will become the next state to implement a “smart-on-crime” approach to criminal justice.

04/22/2016
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Asset Forfeiture Reform Signed into Law in Nebraska

This past Tuesday, Nebraska made history when Governor Pete Ricketts signed LB 1106 into law, completely reforming the state’s asset forfeiture system. In doing so, Nebraska has become the 10th state to require a conviction before property can be seized. What’s more, the reforms are so sweeping that Nebraska has become the third state, following New Mexico and North Carolina, to essentially disband its civil asset forfeiture system, a great boon for innocent citizens and private property.

04/21/2016
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In Delaware Legislature, Bill Introduced to Dramatically Reform Civil Asset Forfeiture

Across the nation, more and more states are coming around to fix the injustices and intrusions on liberty committed through civil asset forfeiture. Just this month, Virginia, New Hampshire, and Nebraska have all taken steps to change their own asset forfeiture proceedings. Recently, a bill was introduced in the Delaware State Senate that may just make the First State the next state to adopt asset forfeiture reform.

04/18/2016
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Wisconsinites Are Calling on Lawmakers to Support Justice Reform

BY Adam Brandon and Chris Ahmuth

As Wisconsin residents begin to engage in this election, Republicans and Democrats are split on many pressing issues — like how to handle the economy, what education policies to pursue, or what national security policies will keep us safe. But there’s one issue many voters are united on: criminal justice reform.

04/16/2016
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Nebraska Asset Forfeiture Reform Passes through Legislature, Headed to the Governor’s Desk

The people of Nebraska have spoken, and they are calling for a change in the state’s asset forfeiture laws. Earlier this week, LB 1106 passed through the state’s unicameral legislature with a vote of 38 to 8, with 3 abstentions. The bill is now heading to the Governor Pete Ricketts' desk, waiting for a signature to become law.

04/15/2016
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Stop Over-criminalizing and Over-federalizing Criminal Law

It’s that time again. Another day, another we-need-to-add-multiple-amendments-before-reauthorizing-a-bill moment. Currently, the Senate is moving to pass the FAA Reauthorization Act of 2016 (S.2658), which would grant the FAA funding through September 2017. During this process, however, senators like Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.) and Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.) have taken the opportunity to squeeze in additional measures by way of amendments as they rush the bill to the floor.

04/14/2016
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Spotlighting Mississippi’s Successful Justice Reform Measures

The justice reform movement is a truly unique issue, touted as the only genuine point of bipartisan consensus in a sea of political conflict. While advocates continue their work to promote changes in the federal system, the focus has been shifted to the state level, where incarceration rates are actually higher. It is in this precise area of focus where we find conservative states leading the way with significant change and garnering positive results.

04/11/2016
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New Hampshire Bill Pursuing Asset Forfeiture Reform, Protecting Innocent Citizens

In the Granite State, numerous citizens have faced infringements on their rights because of civil asset forfeiture abuse. Just as many other states have realized that asset forfeiture is being used as a tool to take away hard-earned cash and other such property from innocent citizens, New Hampshire must pursue change in the state’s policing laws. Fortunately, one such bill is making its way through the legislature to do just that.

04/08/2016

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