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Letter to the Judiciary Committee: Time for Action on Civil Asset Forfeiture

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 Dear Chairman Goodlatte and Chairman Grassley:


We write to ask you to pass legislation reforming federal civil asset forfeiture. As it is currently practiced, civil asset forfeiture is an affront to private property rights as well as fundamental rights to due process. As such, current law encourages violations of property rights and the principles of federalism and it is Congress’s sole responsibility to secure them both.

ACUF and Others ask Senate Judiciary Committee to Conduct Oversight of US Attorney Nominees

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Dear Chairman Grassley:

On March 21, we wrote to urge you and members of the committee to conduct basic oversight with respect to the president’s nominees to serve as United States Attorneys. After noting the enormous influence federal prosecutors have over the criminal justice system, we encouraged you to ask nominees (at a hearing or in writing) about their prosecutorial philosophy or approach on several key issues, including sentencing, asset forfeiture, and federalism. We write again today to renew that request. 

Another Fault of the Criminal Justice System



Another Fault of the Criminal Justice System: ACUF and Others Ask Sentencing Commission to Research Impact of Parental Incarceration

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The American Conservative Union Foundation (ACUF), in partnership with four other organizations dedicated to criminal justice reform, issued a joint, bipartisan request for the United States Sentencing Commission (USSC) to undertake research assessing how a parent's incarceration affects minor children.

Alleviating the Impact of Parental Incarceration on Children through Sentencing Reform

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To: United States Sentencing Commission   


House Oversight Committee Holds Hearing on Criminal Justice Reform


ACUF Director Pat Nolan Provides Testimony on How to Improve the Federal System


Washington, DC, June 29, 2017 – The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee held an important hearing on criminal justice reform and recidivism issues. Pat Nolan, Director of the ACUF Center for Criminal Justice Reform, was invited to provide testimony on the need for change at the Bureau of Prisons. A copy of Nolan’s testimony can be found here.