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Issue Analysis

Simple Justice: An Overview of Justice Reform in the 115th Congress

You are safer walking down the street today than any point since the 1960s. Despite claims of a new crime wave, the United States is experiencing its lowest crime rates in decades.

10/23/2017
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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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Refusal To Indict Clinton Means It’s Time For Criminal Justice Reform

Legal scholars and American voters are grappling with FBI Director James Comey’s questionable rationale in failing to indict Hillary Clinton for mishandling classified documents during her tenure as secretary of state.

07/14/2016
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Press Release

Most Democrats Care About Criminal Intent Only When It Comes to Hillary Clinton

FreedomWorks today urged Democrats who have opposed criminal intent legislation in Congress to reconsider their position following the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s (FBI) controversial and questionable recommendation not to pursue federal charges against former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

07/06/2016
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Blog

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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Press Release

FreedomWorks Commends House Judiciary Committee’s Action on Justice Reform

Following the House Judiciary Committee’s markup and approval of the Sentencing Reform Act and the Criminal Code Improvement Act, FreedomWorks CEO Adam Brandon commented:

11/18/2015
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Why Addressing Over-Criminalization Is a Vital Part of Justice Reform

The House Judiciary Committee is poised to take up several bills dealing with justice reform. Among the bills scheduled for markup on Wednesday are the Sentencing Reform Act, sponsored by Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.), and the Criminal Code Improvement Act, introduced by Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner (R-Wis.). FreedomWorks has released letters of support for both bills.

11/17/2015
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The “Swift, Certain, and Appropriate” Approach to Criminal Justice in Utah

At the recent Pew Charitable Trusts event, Innovative Solutions to State Challenges: Utah’s Criminal Justice Reform, key players in Utah’s criminal justice reform efforts shared insights on the continuing work for significant reform while highlighting noteworthy changes implemented within the state’s criminal justice system.

10/13/2015
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Op-ed Placement

Overcriminalization’s spillover effect: Man gets criminal record because of a sewer

Across the United States, honest, hardworking small-business owners and employees are spending money on lawyers’ fees to shield themselves from prosecution arising from Congress’ excessive enactment of criminal laws.

09/28/2015
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Over-criminalization and Mens Rea: The Missing Topics in the Justice Reform Debate

The epidemic of over-criminalization was the focal point of remarks delivered by Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) on Monday afternoon. Justice reform has been a hot topic in Congress this year, particularly in the Senate, where several Judiciary Committee members are finalizing the language of a bill that would bring modest sentencing and prison reforms to the corrections system. Unfortunately, over-criminalization has been largely missing from the debate.

09/21/2015

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