ROC signatories in The Wall Street Journal: “An Opening for Bipartisanship on Prison Reform”

ROC signatories Newt Gingrich and Pat Nolan co-authored an article for The Wall Street Journal in which they call on Congress to reform the federal prison system. The op-ed, titled “An Opening for Bipartisanship on Prison Reform,” states that “half of all federal inmates are incarcerated for drug offenses, not violent crimes,” and recommends that the government look to ‘right on crime’ states for sensible and proven reforms.

Click here to read the op-ed by Newt Gingrich and Pat Nolan.

Marc Levin’s Charleston Gazette letter to the editor

ROC policy director Marc Levin authored a letter to the editor of the Charleson Gazette congratulating West Virginia policymakers for implementing cost-effective juvenile justice reforms that will also increase public safety.


Congratulations to leaders in West Virginia for kicking off a data-driven process to examine the costs and outcomes of their juvenile justice system. Across the country, conservatives are supporting policymakers who endeavor to take a hard look at corrections policy to address wasteful spending and improve results in public safety.

This conservative lens is especially vital when approaching juvenile justice policy. It is not only about being the best stewards of taxpayer dollars, but also about keeping families together. That’s why national conservatives, such as Jeb Bush, Newt Gingrich and Grover Norquist, have joined the Right on Crime movement to support states looking to maximize system efficiency, and keep youth accountable.

Years of research informs the best way to achieve less juvenile crime with fewer taxpayer dollars, but only West Virginia leaders and policy makers can review the data and come up with a solution that works for their state. We applaud the leaders for committing to this process that is proven to both get youth back on track and provide relief to taxpayers.

Marc Levin
Policy Director, Right on Crime
Austin, Texas

Former State Attorneys General Commit to cost-effective criminal justice reform

Right on Crime Adds New Signatories

Austin, TX —Right on Crime today announced the addition of conservative leaders who have signed its Statement of Principles.  These prominent individuals have expressed their commitment to public safety and cost-effective criminal justice reforms.

The new signatories are:

• Ken Cuccinelli, former Attorney General of the Commonwealth of Virginia;

• Jim Petro, former Attorney General and State Auditor of the State of Ohio;

• Connor Boyack, President, Libertas Institute;

• Stephen Moore, chief economist for the Heritage Foundation and founder of the Club for Growth;

• Alfred S. Regnery, Board Member, Law Enforcement Legal Defense Fund

“For far too long, the only answer to decreasing crime was to put more people in prison. We built prisons at rates we didn’t need and couldn’t afford, especially for non-violent offenders.  Now, we know there are alternatives that cost less and work better.  I am proud to sign on with the Right on Crime initiative to help fix this problem by making cost effective, data driven public safety decisions that reduce recidivism rates,” said Mr. Cuccinelli.

“Every advocate of limited government must face the facts: the criminal justice system presents one of the greatest and most compelling needs for reform. Because the government has been empowered to violate liberty when an individual commits a crime, it’s imperative that this power be appropriately restrained and only used when absolutely necessary. The status quo has far exceeded this guiding principle — we’ve got work to do,” said Mr. Boyack.

These new signatories join more than 60 prominent conservative leaders who have endorsed the principles of conservative criminal justice reform, including former U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich, former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, former U.S. Attorney General Edwin Meese, former New Mexico Attorney General Hal Stratton and former U.S. Congressman J.C. Watts.

Right on Crime Leadership Summit 2014

On May 20-21, Right on Crime hosted the first-ever Leadership Summit in Washington D.C., where prominent conservatives who are passionate about criminal justice gathered to discuss new and innovative methods for reforming the system. Click the links below and follow #ROCsummit on Twitter and Facebook to find out what went on during the conference.

News articles

TIME Magazine: “Conservatives Tout Criminal Justice Reform Efforts in States
CNN: “Prison system is failing America
Huffington Post:  ”Right-Wing Prison Reform: Now It’s a Crowd
PJ Media: Criminal Justice Reform: A New Domain of the Right?
Norquist: ‘Conservatives May Have Wanted More Incarceration Than Was Necessary’
ConservativeHQ: Conservatives Lead by Reducing Crime, Saving Money” (also published by Right Side News)
Grits for Breakfast:
Right on Crime seeks world domination
The Crime Report:
U.S. Conservatives: We’re Leading Criminal Justice Reform
Christian Post: Prisoners Should Get Free Education to Reduce Recidivism, Newt Gingrich Says “Alabama Prison Reform Task Force member learns how Texas turned ‘Right on Crime’
Family Research Council: Justice Looks Right
The Patriot-News: “Can Republican Pennsylvania get it right on crime?
Atlas Network: “TPPF and its Right On Crime Initiative Gain Steam

Audio and video

Video of morning session
Video message from Governor Rick Perry
Video message from Governor Dennis Daugaard
Video message from Governor Nathan Deal
Video interview with Newt Gingrich
Video interview with Edwin Meese
Video interview with Ken Cuccinelli
Video interview with Representative Jason Chaffetz
Senator John Cornyn’s speech
“From The Right” radio interviews
CNN’s Crossfire

Photos from the Leadership Summit

As a result of the success from the Leadership Summit, a call to action was issued to Congress and the states to move swiftly on reform suggestions that would increase public safety, restore victims, and cut spending. Click here to view the Right on Crime Federal and State Call to Action.

Newt Gingrich discusses ROC Leadership Summit on CNN’s Crossfire

ROC signatory Newt Gingrich shares his outrage of America’s failing prison system.

Click here to read more from CNN.

Newt Gingrich at the ROC Leadership Summit

Christian Post on the ROC Leadership Summit

ROC signatory Newt Gingrich: “If we can’t figure out a way to use online learning and other systems to help you learn how to read and how to be productive why would we think you are going to get a job when you get out of prison?”

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TIME Magazine: “Conservatives Tout Criminal Justice Reform Efforts in States”

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich said Wednesday that conservative lawmakers are at the forefront of criminal justice reform across the country, touting both piecemeal and comprehensive efforts already in place in a handful of red states.

“Frankly we’re prepared to learn and to evolve much more than the left is,” Gingrich said during a conference hosted by Right on Crime, a conservative criminal justice reform organization. “We’re not trapped by institutions that are protecting the past.”

Click here to read more.

The Daily Caller: Koch brothers unite right and left, sponsor panel on prison reform

“The Texas Public Policy Foundation created a new organization of conservative leaders to boost these state efforts. Newt Gingrich, Jeb Bush, Bill Bennett, Ed Meese, and Grover Norquist are just some of the prominent conservatives who have endorsed the Right on Crime platform.”

Click here to read more.

Right on Crime Signatories

National Signatories:

Chuck Colson (1931 – 2012), Prison Fellowship Ministries

William J. Bennett, Former U.S. Secretary of Education and Federal ”Drug Czar”

Jeb Bush, Former Governor of Florida

Ken Cuccinelli, Former Attorney General of Virginia

Newt GingrichAmerican Solutions for Winning the Future

Asa Hutchinson, Former U.S. Attorney and Administrator of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration

David Keene, Former Chairman of the American Conservative Union

Edwin Meese, III, Former U.S. Attorney General

Stephen Moore, The Heritage Foundation

Pat Nolan, Director of the Criminal Justice Reform Project at the American Conservative Union Foundation

Grover NorquistAmericans for Tax Reform

Richard Viguerie,

J.C. Watts, Former Member of the U.S. House of Representatives for Oklahoma’s 4th Congressional District

Brooke Rollins, Texas Public Policy Foundation

Ken Blackwell, Former Ohio Secretary of State

Ralph Reed, Founder of the Faith and Freedom Coalition

Eli Lehrer, R Street Institute

Rebecca Hagelin, Executive Committee of the Council for National Policy

Larry Thompson, Former U.S. Deputy Attorney General

Tony Perkins, Family Research Council

Penny Nance, Concerned Women for America

John J. DiIulio, Jr., University of Pennsylvania

Ward Connerly, American Civil Rights Institute and former Regent of the University of California

George KellingManhattan Institute

Gary L. Bauer, Former President of the Family Research Council

Michael ReaganThe Reagan Legacy Foundation

Monica Crowley, Ph.D., Fox News political analyst

Erick Erickson, Red State

Viet Dinh, Georgetown University Law Center and former U.S. Assistant Attorney General

Rabbi Daniel Lapin, American Alliance of Jews and Christians

John S. McCollisterPlatte Institute (NE)

Michael CarnuccioOklahoma Council of Public Affairs

Jerry Madden, Former Chairman, Texas House of Representatives Corrections Committee

Ronald F. ScheberleAmerican Legislative Exchange Council

David BartonWallBuilders

Matthew J. BrouilletteCommonwealth Foundation (PA)

Forest ThigpenMississippi Center for Public Policy

George LiebmannCalvert Institute for Policy Research (MD)

John HoodJohn Locke Foundation (NC)

Craig LadwigIndiana Policy Review Foundation

Deborah Daniels, Former U.S. Attorney and U.S. Assistant Attorney General

Donald Devine, Former Director, Office of Personnel Managementm

Richard E. Doran, Former Florida Attorney General

Jim Petro, Former Ohio Attorney General

B.J. Nikkel, Former House Republican Majority Whip, Colorado House of Representatives

Kris Steele, Former Speaker of the Oklahoma House of Representatives

Allan Bense, Former Speaker of the Florida House

Kelly McCutchenGeorgia Public Policy Foundation

Donna ArduinArduin, Laffer & Moore

Henry Juszkiewicz, CEO of Gibson Guitar

Kevin KanePelican Institute for Public Policy (LA)

Bob WilliamsState Budget Solutions

J. Robert McClure, IIIJames Madison Institute (FL)

Paul GessingRio Grande Foundation (NM)

Craig DeRoche, President, Justice Fellowship, Former Speaker of the Michigan House of Representatives

Connor Boyack, President, Libertas Institute

Kevin HoltsberryBuckeye Institute for Public Policy Solutions (OH)

Joe Whitley, Former Acting U.S. Associate Attorney General and U.S. Attorney

Jon Caldara, Independence Institute (CO)

B. Wayne Hughes, Jr., Businessman/Philanthropist

Alfred Regnery, Law Enforcement Legal Defense Fund

Mike ThompsonThomas Jefferson Institute for Public Policy (VA)

Brenda TalentShow-Me Institute (MO)

Dominic M. Calabro, Florida TaxWatch

Dan Greenberg, Advance Arkansas Institute

Hal Stratton, Former New Mexico Attorney General

Click here to see additional signatories from Florida.

Click here to see additional signatories from Georgia.