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Emphasize Community-Based Treatment for School Ditching, not Big Government

Across our country youth are being introduced to the justice system, not because they have done anything that is normally illegal, but solely because of their age. These youth are charged with violating “status offenses,” which are offenses only because of the status of the individual, in this case the individual’s age. Some of the most common status offenses are: truancy, missing curfew and being a runaway.

05/06/2015
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Montana Governor signs legislation to protect innocent property owners from government overreach

There's big news out of Montana. Gov. Steve Bullock signed legislation on Tuesday to protect innocent people and their property from civil asset forfeiture abuse by overzealous law enforcement.

05/05/2015
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Oklahoma becomes the latest Republican state to enact meaningful justice reforms

Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin signed a major bill into law allowing judges to sentence nonviolent offenders below mandatory minimum sentences, a big government, one-size-fits-all policy that costs taxpayers big bucks.

05/05/2015
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IRS, Justice Department ignore civil asset forfeiture policy changes to target an innocent North Carolina business owner

Lyndon McLellan is the owner of a convenience store in Fairmont, North Carolina, a small town just up I-95 from the state's border with South Carolina. On the advice of a bank teller, McLellan began making deposits below $10,000 to save the bank burdensome paperwork required under the Bank Secrecy Act, a 1970 law aimed at deterring money laundering and a host of other crimes, including illicit drug activity.

05/04/2015
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No-Knock Raids Create Dangers for the Families and Law Enforcement

Cory Maye, a loving father of an 18 month old daughter at the time, was sleeping in his living room the day after Christmas at 12:30 a.m. when he heard banging at the door. He had no prior record, but lived in a rough neighborhood, where break-ins had taken place before, so he grabbed his pistol and ran to the back bedroom to defend his daughter.

04/29/2015
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Federal courts can't be trusted to protect innocent property owners

The Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals has failed to uphold one of the most basic principles of the American legal system by allowing the forfeiture of more than $63,000 of cash to the government. The decision could have serious ramifications for innocent property owners in the Midwest.

04/29/2015
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New report details how the Justice Department encourages abuse of civil asset forfeiture

Southern California is known for many things: Hollywood, the Los Angeles Dodgers, a great punk rock scene, and amazing weather. Though the state is justifiably mocked for its significant budget programs and heavy regulatory burden, it has some of the better civil asset forfeiture laws in the country, though that isn't saying much considering how most states practically encourage abuse of this pernicious tool.

04/24/2015
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Why Did The IRS Seize $63,000 From A Maryland Farmer

Logic would dictate the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) would be pleased that small business owners are making cash deposits into a bank since these funds are evidence of taxable revenue.

04/24/2015
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Montana Legislature continues trend of states limiting government overreach

The Montana Legislature has approved a bill providing a crucial protection to innocent people whose property could be confiscated by overzealous law enforcement.

04/23/2015
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Republicans in the Michigan Legislature make private property protections a priority

Michigan, like so many other states, has seen significant abuse of civil asset forfeiture laws by law enforcement. The Detroit Free Press found that law enforcement seized property and cash worth at least $24.3 million in 2013. Many of the property owners were never charged with, let alone convicted of, a crime.

04/23/2015

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