Right On Crime is the one-stop source for conservative ideas on criminal justice. It is a project of the Texas Public Policy Foundation in cooperation with the American Conservative Union Foundation and the Prison Fellowship.
The Right on Crime Team
Marc A. Levin is Right on Crime’s Policy Director, as well as the Director of the Center for Effective Justice at the Texas Public Policy Foundation. Based in Austin, Texas, Levin is an attorney and an accomplished author on legal and public policy issues. Levin served as a law clerk to Judge Will Garwood on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit and Staff Attorney at the Texas Supreme Court. In 1999, he graduated with honors from the University of Texas with a B.A. in Plan II Honors and Government. In 2002, Levin received his J.D. with honors from the University of Texas School of Law. Levin’s articles on law and public policy have been featured in national and international media outlets that regularly turn to him for conservative analysis of states’ criminal justice challenges.
Vikrant P. Reddy is a Senior Policy Analyst for both Right on Crime and the Texas Public Policy Foundation’s Center for Effective Justice. He has authored several reports on criminal justice policy and is a frequent speaker and media commentator on the topic. Reddy has worked as a research assistant at The Cato Institute, as a law clerk to the Honorable Gina M. Benavides of the Thirteenth Court of Appeals of Texas, and as an attorney in private practice, focusing on trial and appellate litigation. Reddy graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a B.A. in Plan II Honors, Economics, and History, and he earned his law degree at the Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law in Dallas. He is a member of the State Bar of Texas and of the State Bar’s Appellate Section and Criminal Justice Section.
Derek M. Cohen is a policy analyst in the Center for Effective Justice at the Texas Public Policy Foundation and the Right on Crime campaign. Cohen graduated with a B.S. in Criminal Justice from Bowling Green State University and an M.S. in Criminal Justice from the University of Cincinnati, where he is currently completing his Ph.D. dissertation on the long-term costs and outcomes associated with correctional programming. His academic work can be found in Policing: An International Journal of Police Strategies & Management and the forthcoming Encyclopedia of Theoretical Criminology and The Oxford Handbook on Police and Policing, and has scholarly articles currently under review. He has presented several papers to the American Society of Criminology, the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences, and the American Evaluation Association on the implementation and outcomes of various criminal justice policy issues. Prior to joining the Foundation, Cohen was a research associate with University of Cincinnati’s Institute of Crime Science. He also taught classes in statistics, research methods, criminal procedure, and corrections.
David Reaboi is the Communications Director at Right on Crime. He is responsible for coordinating Right on Crime stakeholders and supporters, as well as maintaining the project’s messaging and public relations strategy. Prior to joining the project, he was the Vice President for Strategic Communications at the Center for Security Policy in Washington, DC. In that capacity, he appeared on radio, television, and in print as a subject matter expert on the Middle East, counterterrorism, and US foreign policy. In 2011, Reaboi was selected as a Lincoln Fellow at the Claremont Institute. He is a graduate of George Washington University, where he specialized in Cold War history and totalitarian ideologies. He also performed for a decade as a jazz musician, improviser and composer in New York City and San Francisco.
Former Texas House Committee on Corrections Chairman Jerry Madden is a Senior Fellow at the Right on Crime campaign. Rep. Madden is best known, along with Senator John Whitmire, as the driving force behind the successful and much-copied 2007 Texas criminal justice reforms. (For their work, Governing Magazine named them Public Officials of the Year in 2010.) Madden graduated from West Point with a BS in Engineering, obtained a Master of Science in Management and Administration Sciences from the University of Texas at Dallas in 1979, and has since been honored as one of their distinguished graduates. After being elected to the Texas Legislature in November of 1992, he served ten terms. While there, Rep. Madden was Chairman of the House Committee on Corrections from 2005-2009 and again from 2011-2012. In 2011, the American Legislative Exchange Council honored Rep. Madden as their Legislator of the Year. He chaired ALEC’s Public Safety and Elections Task Force from January 2011 through April of 2012, and serves as well on the Texas Criminal Justice Integrity Unit. He and his family have lived in Richardson, Texas since 1971.
Working closely with Right on Crime and the Texas Public Policy Foundation is Patrick J. Nolan, Director of the Criminal Justice Reform Project at the American Conservative Union Foundation. He is a former California Assemblyman and the author of When Prisoners Return. Nolan understands the inside of a prison well, having served 29 months in federal custody after pleading guilty to a charge of racketeering. He earned a B.A. and a J.D. from the University of Southern California.
Also working closely with Right on Crime and the Texas Public Policy Foundation is Justice Fellowship, the criminal justice reform arm of Prison Fellowship, an organization which works to reform the justice system to reflect traditional principles of restorative justice. Craig DeRoche serves as President of Justice Fellowship. He is a former speaker of the House in Michigan. DeRoche brings a unique perspective to leading Justice Fellowship as someone who has served in running a local city, a large state and who also is personally in recovery for addiction. This perspective helps DeRoche speak to both the governance as well as the problems with crime and drugs in our culture.