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Groups urge Greater Oversight of US Attorney Nominees


By Kelly Cohen

Originally posted on

Criminal justice reform advocates are urging the Senate Judiciary Committee to exercise greater oversight of United States Attorney nominees.

Judge Gorsuch And The Arrest Of The “Disruptive Burper”

By Pat Nolan, Director, ACUF Center for Criminal Justice Reform 

Originally posted on

One of the enjoyable aspects of researching the record of judicial nominees is finding relatively unnoticed opinions that are delightful gems among otherwise tedious legal reading.

So it is that I was delighted to read the droll dissent that Judge Gorsuch wrote in A.M. vs. Holmes. Here is Judge Gorsuch’s statement of the issue in the case:

Point of View: Making Oklahoma Safer Through Criminal Justice Reform


Point of View: Making Oklahoma Safer Through Criminal Justice Reform

By Pat Nolan and Estela Hernandez

Originally Posted on

Conservatives like us believe that the states are America’s laboratories of democracy. When it comes to criminal justice reform, this is indisputably true.

For more than a decade, states like Georgia, Texas, South Dakota, and Mississippi have embraced time-tested, common-sense reforms that keep communities safe while making better use of taxpayer dollars.

Justice Thomas’s Criticism Recognizes Abuse of Civil Asset Forfeiture Laws


Reforms to the unconstitutional practice are necessary, says CCJR’s Pat Nolan


WASHINGTON, DC – The American Conservative Union Foundation’s Center for Criminal Justice Reform (CCJR) expressed disappointment in the Supreme Court’s decision to refuse to hear a challenge to the case of Leonard v. Texas, and the state’s abusive civil asset forfeiture laws. On the other hand, we were encouraged by Justice Clarence Thomas’s strongly worded criticism of the practice as it is used today.

SCOTUS Upholds Abusive Civil Forfeiture Law, Allows Police to Keep $201,000 in Cash from Legal Home Sale with No Proof of Criminal Activity

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WASHINGTON, D.C. — In refusing to hear a challenge to Texas’ asset forfeiture law, the U.S. Supreme Court is allowing Texas police to keep $201,000 in cash primarily on the basis that the seized cash—the proceeds of a home sale—was being transported on a highway associated with illegal drug trade, despite any proof of illegal activity by the owner.