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Point of View: Making Oklahoma Safer Through Criminal Justice Reform

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Point of View: Making Oklahoma Safer Through Criminal Justice Reform

By Pat Nolan and Estela Hernandez

Originally Posted on Oklahoman.com


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


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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

Originally Posted on Rutherford.org

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.

ACU Foundation to Host Two Panels on Criminal Justice Reform at the 2017 Conservative Political Action Conference

 

 

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CONTACT:  DAVID SAFAVIAN

Deputy Director, Center for Criminal Justice Reform dsafavian@conservative.org

(202) 347-9388

ACU Foundation to Host Two Panels on Criminal Justice Reform at the 2017 Conservative Political Action Conference

 

Washington, DC – The American Conservative Union Foundation will be hosting two major panels on criminal justice reform at ACUF’s annual Conservative Political Action Conference, CPAC2017: Prosecutors Gone Wild and Conservatives Leading the Way on Criminal Justice Reform in State Capitals.

Hope for Heroin Addicts and Their Families in Virginia

Conservative Foundation Lauds Del. Kirk Cox for Leadership in Tackling the Opioid Crisis

Washington, DC, Feb. 9, 2017 – The American Conservative Union Foundation’s Center for Criminal Justice Reform issued a statement today concerning passage of legislation in the Virginia House of Delegates that addresses the opioid epidemic that is afflicting the Commonwealth.
ACUF’s Pat Nolan, the Director of the Center for Criminal Justice Reform said:  “The opioid crisis in Virginia affects not just addicts, but their families, our communities and the taxpayers as well. We know that merely locking up those who suffer from addiction is not a solution. Instead, legislation introduced by House Majority Leader Kirk Cox (R-Colonial Heights) would expand the Heroin Addiction Recovery Program (“HARP”). HARP is an innovative and cost-effective approach that helps addicts actually beat their addiction.”