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Recent Abuse of Forfeiture Law Highlights Need for Reform in Oklahoma

FreedomWorks has been a strong supporter of civil asset forfeiture reform. In the past we’ve put forward stories like that of Mandrel Stuart whose money was seized by the Fairfax County police, leading to the eventual loss of his restaurant. Another case in North Carolina saw Lyndon McClellan’s bank account wrongfully seized by the Internal Revenue Service.

05/02/2016
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Op-ed Placement

David Perdue Wrong on Justice Reform

On Thursday, a bipartisan group of senators, led by Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), unveiled improvements to the Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act, S. 2123. The measure is designed to reform federal sentencing policies, bring substantive rehabilitative programming to federal prisons, address the growing costs of incarceration, and enhance public safety by focusing on reducing prisoners’ risk of recidivism.

05/02/2016
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Op-ed Placement

Conservatives Must Continue to Lead on Justice Reform

This op-ed was jointly authored by Adam Brandon of FreedomWorks, Timothy Head of the Faith and Freedom Coalition, Grover Norquist of Americans for Tax Reform, and Marc Levin of Right on Crime.

05/02/2016
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Oklahoma and Georgia Governors Sign Conservative Justice Reform Bills into Law

This past Wednesday, Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin signed a package of justice reform bills into law, making the Sooner State the latest conservative state to adopt these “smart-on-crime” policies. That same day, Gov. Nathan Deal, on the other side of the country in Georgia, signed a smaller justice reform package into law, expanding on the state’s already impressive portfolio of justice reform initiatives. With the simultaneous adoption of these justice reform measures into law, conservative states like Oklahoma and Georgia are the pioneers in effective justice reform.

04/28/2016
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Press Release

David Perdue Should Follow Georgia on Justice Reform

Following Sen. David Perdue’s (R-Ga.) statement about the Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act, FreedomWorks Director of Communications Jason Pye commented:

04/28/2016
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Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act Continues Conservative Efforts on Justice Reform

In October, a bipartisan group of senators, led by Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), introduced the Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act, S. 2123. This historic bill was the product of months of negotiations between some of the most conservative and progressive members of the upper chamber. Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) and Sen. Tim Scott (R-S.C.), for example, played key roles in the negotiations and were on hand when the bill was formally rolled out. FreedomWorks released a letter of support for the bill shortly after it was marked up in committee.

04/28/2016
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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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