“The agenda of Right on Crime, its solid, its principled, its exactly where conservatives have been and ought to be in terms of combating crime, while minimizing the amount of abuse by government.” ~Grover Norquist
In this video, conservative pioneer Richard Viguerie talks about why he is an active leader in the Right on Crime campaign.
Check out the video of Right on Crime signatory Grover Norquist on MSNBC’s The Daily Rundown with Chuck Todd.
Mr. Norquist does a great job explaining why conservatives are supporting criminal justice reform, and gives a nice shout out to TPPF and Right on Crime!
Watch this interesting TV interview of Asa Hutchinson, a leading Right on Crime signatory. He discusses why conservatives are supporting innovative and effective criminal justice policies that reduce crime, costs and recidivism.
The interview aired on Canadian television.
At the annual CPAC gathering in Washington last week, Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli sounded off on why the principles of the Right on Crime campaign are good public policy.
Watch his speech by clicking here.
As the blog ConservativeByte.com reported, “Conservatives should lead the campaign to changing the culture of corrections in America,” he called out to the crowd of conservatives.”
Pat Nolan of Prison Fellowship interviews with Bloggingheads TV. Check out the video below!
Professor Teles, who who co-authored this Washington Monthly article on the topic with David Dagan, says that conservatives are not exactly moderating their position on mass incarceration. Instead, they have independently (he uses the word “indigenously”) come to believe that mass incarceration violates conservative first principles. He mentions, for example, the point conservatives often make about the inevitable tendency of government to expand, and he says that conservatives are increasingly thinking about prisons with this point in mind. He also mentions that the arguments for prison reform are not being made by moderates, but by ‘dyed in the wool’ conservatives like Ed Meese, Bill Bennett, and Grover Norquist — all of whom are signatories to the Right On Crime Statement of Principles.
Similar arguments were made this week by the Texas-based criminal justice blog Grits for Breakfast after the Texas Association of Business (TAB), a pro-business trade group in Austin, announced that it was adding criminal justice reform to its list of 2013 legislative priorities:
“Grits would dispute [the] contention, though, that TAB has merely copied liberals, a meme which misunderstands what’s going on here….What’s new here is a growing willingness to apply small-government conservative values to criminal justice, which in the past has sometimes seemed exempt from such critiques. This new trend has perhaps been furthered by the rising use of criminal law to replace traditional tort liability and government regulation. But as a representative of some of the state’s largest employers, TAB also cares about Texas having an educated and productive workforce, goals that are sometimes hindered by overcriminalization and a byzantine array of occupational licensing restrictions, which was a central issue the group focused on at their announcement. TAB’s entry into the criminal justice realm represents both an example of enlightened self interest and the ascendance of conservative ideology to the furthest reaches of state government activity.”