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Making the IRS Treat Americans with RESPECT

Civil asset forfeiture, a tool used by law enforcement to seize property from individuals because they have merely been accused of a crime, has gotten a lot more scrutiny in recent days due to its lack of oversight and abuse. What many may not know though is that the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) also has the ability to seize property from businesses it is investigating. Fortunately, to address the abuses by the organization, Tax Policy Subcommittee Chairman Peter Roskam (R-Ill.) have introduced a bill to defend business owners from IRS forfeiture overreach.

07/17/2017
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Op-ed Placement

Tennessee Is Ready for Justice Reform

BY Jason Pye and Jeremy Faison

Tennessee — like much of America — has a long history of being “tough on crime.” The state’s lawmakers tend to be proud of locking up the bad guys and throwing away the key.

07/14/2017
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Key Vote

Key Vote NO on the Stop the Importation and Trafficking of Synthetic Analogues Act, H.R. 2851

On behalf of FreedomWorks’ activist community, I urge you to contact your representative and urge him or her to vote NO on the Stop Importation and Trafficking of Synthetic Analogues Act, H.R. 2851, sponsored by Rep. John Katko (R-N.Y.). The bill would broadly expand penalties for drug offenses, concentrate power within the Department of Justice, punish people who lack criminal intent, and overcriminalize certain behavior.

07/12/2017
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Press Release

FreedomWorks Applauds Chairman Gowdy, OGR Committee for Hearing on Justice Reform

FreedomWorks president Adam Brandon released the following statement:

06/28/2017
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Where Business and Second Chances Meet

It may seem surprising to consider licensing reform a criminal justice issue, but if you get to the meat of the issue then it makes sense. Unsurprisingly, barriers to employment make it harder find a job and that can result in those who can find work returning to crime.

06/26/2017
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Support Clean Slate Legislation in Pennsylvania

On behalf of our activist community in Pennsylvania, I urge you to contact your state senator urge him or her to vote YES on SB 529, introduced by state Sen. Scott Wagner (R-York). The bill would enable Pennsylvanians to reintegrate into society without the life-long barriers associated with a criminal record.

06/20/2017
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Cutting back on Mandatory Minimums: Limiting Federal Power

Attorney General Jeff Sessions issued a memo to his staff last month that instructs prosecutors to charge suspects with the most serious provable offenses, "those that carry the most substantial guidelines sentence, including mandatory minimum sentences”.

06/19/2017
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Support Civil Asset Forfeiture Reform in Pennsylvania

On behalf of our activist community in Pennsylvania, I urge you to contact your representatives and ask them to support the Senate Bill 8, introduced by Sen. Mike Folmer (R-Lebanon). This bill, which passed the state Senate in April, would transform current civil asset forfeiture procedure in Pennsylvania to better protect private property and due process.

06/14/2017
"New York is Reforming their Criminal Justice System"
"What do the policies of Texas and New York have in common in regards to Criminal Justice? Well NY is following suit after a decade of success in Texas of reforming their criminal justice system."
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New York is Reforming their Criminal Justice System

For every hundred American adults, there is one person behind bars. For every four out of ten released, it’s only a matter of three years until they are back in the prison system. This vicious cycle has become normalized because we have kept prison an institution of punishment for every offender, regardless of crime. Someone caught with a few ounces of marijuana should not be held to the same punishment as someone who has committed murder.

06/06/2017
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Support the RESET Act, S. 1252

On behalf of our activist community, I urge you to call your senators and ask them to cosponsor the Reclassification to Ensure Smarter and Equal Treatment (RESET) Act, S. 1252, sponsored by Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.). The bill would reclassify several low-level felonies as misdemeanors, by lowering the prison time down to no greater than one year and no more than $1,000 for nonviolent drug offenses.

06/05/2017

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