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Op-ed: Hatch, Lee and the battle over criminal intent

By David Safavian and Kaitlin Owens

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Did you know it’s a federal crime to write a check for less than a dollar? So are walking your dog in a national park if your leash is longer than 6 feet and digging for arrowheads on federal lands. As harmless as each of these examples appears, any one could land you in federal prison.

A Conservative seeking a better Federal Prison System


By David Safavian and Patrick Plein

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Only a government program can fail a third of the time and still be allowed to operate without accountability or change.

ACUF Supports Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act


ALEXANDRIA, VA – Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley has introduced The Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act of 2017, legislation aimed at reforming our broken sentencing and corrections system and refocusing the country’s criminal-justice policies. The American Conservative Union Foundation (ACUF) applauds the many commendable facets of this legislation and Chairman Grassley’s focus on revitalizing and modernizing our fragmented sentencing and corrections system.

Conservatives for Criminal Justice Reform

You don’t hear about it much, but 31 mostly red states have reduced both crime and imprisonment.


By Grover Norquist

Originally posted on

Every so often I’m asked to list the conservative movement’s most important recent accomplishments. One always ranks near the top: criminal justice reform.

ACUF's Pat Nolan Attends White House Roundtable on Prisoner Re-Entry

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 The White House Office of American Innovation, led by President Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner, hosted a roundtable on Thursday to discuss the reentry of formerly incarcerated individuals back into society.