Small Change in Rules; Big Benefit to the Average Citizen

The House of Representatives recently made a seemingly minor change in their rules: all legislation that creates a crime will be subject to being heard in the Judiciary Committee. While it seems like a minor change, this new rule will probably do more to protect the liberty of the American people than any other act of Congress this term.

Humpty Dumpty Justice

The indictment of Governor Rick Perry should send a shudder down the spine of every American. The vindictive special prosecutor used Humpty Dumpty’s logic to say statutes mean the opposite of their plain meaning in order to charge the governor with a crime for exercising his lawful veto. If a popular sitting governor can be indicted on such a flimsy basis then every one of us is vulnerable.

What the struggle for a baby’s life reveals

By Julie Hocker – – Thursday, July 13, 2017

Millions across the world are fighting, praying, and hoping for 11-month-old Charlie Gard’s chance to

Center for Criminal Justice Reform Lauds Sessions’ Confirmation AG Led the Way on Key Reforms Dealing with Prison Rape and Crack Cocaine Parity

Washington, DC,

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

Inside Mississippi’s Asset Forfeiture Extortion Racket

Originally posted on Reason.com by C.J. Ciaramella

It was the first time in Mississippi defense attorney Richard Rehfeldt’s long career that he

To reform our prisons, follow the states’ lead

Originally published by Washington Post By: Pat Nolan

The first priority of government is to keep our people safe. Violent, dangerous criminals belong

Family Prosperity Initiative at State Policy Network

The ACU Foundation’s Family Prosperity Index (FPI) was highlighted at the State Policy Network’s 24th Annual Meeting October 3-6 in Nashville.  One session featured Sutherland

Dads Behind Bars Hold Their Kids for the 1st Time

Scottie Barns’ dad was a convicted drug dealer, and she’s never even been told “I love you” from him. He spent most of his life

Inmates’ defective work

By: Pat Nolan Originally published on Washington Times

A scathing report of a joint investigation by the Justice Department’s Inspector General and

This may be one reason so many federal prisoners end up back in jail

By: Michael Doyle

WASHINGTON

Three federal prisons in California and others nationwide appear to be falling short in preparing inmates for safe release into society,

4 Reasons Conservatives Should Care About Strong Copyright Law

By: Rebecca Cusey

Ain’t nobody agreeing on policy these days. Heck, we don’t even agree with our own parties,  Democrats fighting Democrats and Republicans


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