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Opioid Addictions won't be Cured by Tough Sentences


By Pat Nolan and Newt Gingrich 

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One of the most important promises President Trump made during the campaign was his pledge to end the opioid epidemic - and he has taken some strong steps toward making good on that promise, including the creation of a commission and almost a half billion dollars in new funding. 

“Raise The Age” Bill Gains Momentum in NC Legislature


Rep. Chuck McGrady Leads the Effort to Offer Second Chances to Youth Offenders


Washington, DC, May 18, 2017 The American Conservative Union Foundation’s Center for Criminal Justice Reform released a statement today regarding the advancement of juvenile justice reform in North Carolina. The North Carolina House of Representatives passed legislation yesterday that would protect youth (ages 16 and 17) who commit low-level offenses from being charged as adults. 

NC Chief Justice urges Passage of "Raise the Age" Legislation

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Raleigh, North Carolina --North Carolina Supreme Court Chief Justice Mark Martin urged legislators Monday not to let North Carolina become the only remaining state that automatically tries 16- and 17-year-olds in criminal court, but to pass legislation aligned with a recommendation of a commission he organized.

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.