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Issue Analysis

Peach State Justice: Successes of Smart on Crime Policies in Georgia

When confronted with a rapidly rising prison population, which had grown exponentially between 1982 and 2011 from 13,884 prisoners to almost 56,000, newly-elected Georgia Governor Nathan Deal decided to take action to address the problem of overincarceration in his state. By adopting smart on crime policies to reinvest limited resources into violent criminals that need to be in prison and into rehabilitative measures for those who can contribute to society, Gov. Deal’s three-phase initiative continues to be a huge success, both for public safety and fiscal savings.

12/01/2017
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Blog

Criminal Justice Champions Give New Life To Reform Bills

The movement to pass measures of criminal justice reform in Washington has sprung to life in the 115th Congress in recent days. In the Senate, conservative champions of the issue have reintroduced legislation that has garnered bipartisan support in past Congresses.

10/12/2017
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States Lead the Way on Criminal Justice Reform

Over the past several months, Attorney General Jeff Sessions has taken a step back on federal justice reform efforts, regressing to purportedly “tough on crime” stances. From advising increased penalties for nonviolent offenders to more recently promising an increase in the use of civil asset forfeiture by the federal government, Sessions has been doing everything in his power to give the Department of Justice (DOJ)’s full support to 80s-era policies from which many conservatives have abandoned in favor of evidenced-based practices that reduce recidivism and enhance public safety.

07/24/2017
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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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Blog

New Sentencing Memo Takes a Step Back on Justice Reform Efforts

Last week, Attorney General Jeff Sessions released a memo in which he ordered federal prosecutors to seek the toughest penalties for nonviolent drug offenders. The result of this change in sentencing policy means more nonviolent e will be subject to mandatory minimum sentences.

05/15/2017
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Op-ed Placement

While Congress Stalls, Conservatives Are Scoring Big Wins at the State Level

As Congress returns from recess, we hold out hope that they will make better use of this session than the last one and work to fulfill their campaign promises. But even while politicians in the House and Senate were away from Washington this week, state legislatures remained active.

04/25/2017
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The Liberal Case for Neil Gorsuch

President Donald J. Trump has selected Neil Gorsuch, Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit, as his nominee for the United States Supreme Court. Support for his choice seems to be unanimous among Republicans which is unsurprising. What is interesting, however, is that Democrats seem to be more divided about the issue.

03/03/2017
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Press Release

FreedomWorks Applauds Kentucky Committee Passing Bill Reducing Recidivism

FreedomWorks today applauded the movement of SB 120 out of the Kentucky Senate Judiciary Committee and urged state senators to support the measure, which is sponsored by Chairman Whitney Westerfield, when it comes to the floor for a vote on Friday. Between Tuesday and Thursday, FreedomWorks drove nearly 1,000 messages to members of the committee in support of the bill.

02/23/2017
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Press Release

FreedomWorks on Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin's Fair Chance Hiring Action

FreedomWorks CEO Adam Brandon made the following comment following Gov. Matt Bevin's signing of the Fair Chance Hiring executive order:

02/01/2017
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Op-ed Placement

McAuliffe Takes a Page out of the Conservative Playbook

Many Virginians thought Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D) forgot the General Assembly existed after his unilateral decree regarding felon voting rights last year. However, we have reason for encouragement this year as McAuliffe announced several reforms he wants to accomplish in his final year in office. Better late than never.

01/27/2017

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