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ACUF’s Pat Nolan Honored in New York City by the Vera Institute of Justice



April 25th, 2017

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Pat Nolan, the director of The American Conservative Union Foundation’s (ACUF) Center for Criminal Justice Reform was honored by the Vera Institute of Justice at its 11th Annual “Reimagine Justice” Gala on Thursday April 20th in New York City. 

Prison Reform makes Mississippi Safer


By Pat Nolan

Originally posted on 

Most conservatives believe government's top priority should be public safety. We also know government is often inefficient and that other states have shown that we can be smarter about how we fight crime and punish criminals, using proven practices that make better use of taxpayer dollars.

A Call for Prosecutorial Oversight


By Pat Nolan and Kevin Ring 

Originally posted on

The U.S. Senate recently approved Judge Neil Gorsuch to serve on the Supreme Court. The Senate's vote occurred only after Gorsuch answered hundreds of questions about his legal philosophy, temperament, and qualifications for the High Court. This thorough review is appropriate for such a powerful position. 


Civil Asset Forfeiture Harms Innocent Americans


By Rep. Doug Collins (R-GA) 

Originally Posted on 

Reason tells us that government poses no threat to law-abiding citizens — that local and federal authorities are primarily necessary to protect society from mischief makers. At the same time, the Constitution reminds us that government itself must be restrained. 

Former Prosecutor Praises ACUF on Mandatory Minimums

A False Move on Prison Sentences

By Patrick Nightingale

Originally Posted in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazatte

Earlier this week, the Pennsylvania House approved a bill to reinstate some mandatory minimum prison sentences. These laws require one-size-fits-all punishments and prevent judges from considering relevant facts before imposing a sentence. The bill was strongly backed by the commonwealth’s district attorneys who say they can’t keep bad guys off the street without these laws. They’re wrong, and I should know. I used to be a prosecutor.