Bob Ehrlich: 6 Observations on Reforming Criminal Justice

At the annual State Policy Network convention in Dallas, Former Maryland Governor Bob Ehrlich spoke about criminal justice reform and his experience as a supporter of the Right on Crime campaign. The Right on Crime Dinner was co-hosted by the Charles Koch Foundation, and also featured presentations by Right on Crime Senior Policy Analyst Vikrant Reddy and William Ruger, Vice President for Research & Policy at the Charles Koch Institute. (Video and transcript below.) [Read more...]

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Erick Erickson: Support Right on Crime

RedState Editor (and Right on Crime signatory) Erick Erickson endorses the Right on Crime campaign at the 2014 RedState Gathering in Ft. Worth, Texas.

Earlier, Senior Policy Analyst Vikrant Reddy interviewed Senior Fellow and Former Texas House Corrections Chairman Jerry Madden about his involvement in corrections reform in Texas and about the national work of Right on Crime.

ERICK ERICKSON: Folks, as they’re leaving the stage, I want to say Red State signed on and I personally signed on to the Right On Crime agenda, having been a lawyer for a number of years and also doing a lot of indigent criminal defense. I was – as one of those hard on crime, lock them all the way people, just how absurd it is that the level of criminalisation, business regulations, and so many things that shouldn’t put people away for years in jail, and, frankly, in a lot of cases, people who very much need help who instead of getting help are being thrown in jail forever, it’s – I encourage you to get involved and understand what Right On Crime is about because, you know, conservatives can take a tough stance on crime, but why are we putting good Americans away and ruining lives for things that you and I, we scratch our head over and say, this is just dumb?

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Jerry Madden: Conservative Principles & Victories in Criminal Justice Reform

At the 2014 RedState Gathering in Fort Worth, Texas, Right on Crime Senior Policy Analyst Vikrant Reddy spoke with Former Texas House Corrections Chairman Jerry Madden about his involvement in criminal justice reform in Texas and about his subsequent national work with the Right on Crime campaign.

Wrapping up the event, RedState Editor Erickson gave Right on Crime a ringing endorsement. Watch that video here. The complete event transcript is below. [Read more...]

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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
AL.com: “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.

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“FTR Radio” interviews from ROC Leadership Summit

Fingers Malloy with “From The Right” radio interviews attendees at the Right on Crime Leadership Summit.

Ken Cuccinelli, Former Virginia Attorney General and Right on Crime signatory

Congressman Jason Chaffetz, U.S. Representative for Utah’s 3rd congressional district

Penny Young Nance, President and CEO of Concerned Women for America and Right on Crime signatory

Hal Stratton, Former New Mexico Attorney General and Right on Crime signatory 

Jerry Madden, former Republican member of the Texas House of Representatives and Right on Crime signatory

Jim Seward, General Counsel for South Dakota Governor Daugaard

Joshua Duggar, Family Research Council 

Chris Perkins, Pollster with WPA Opinion Research 

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PJ Media: Criminal Justice Reform: A New Domain of the Right?

In a “call to action” released at last week’s session, Right on Crime further declared that prisons serve a critical role in society “but we can’t just build our way to public safety.”

“Low-level non-violent drug and property offenders can often be punished and held accountable in ways that aren’t as expensive as prison but that are more effective in helping them become law-abiding taxpayers rather than tax burdens,” the group said.

Click here to read more from PJ Media.

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ConservativeHQ: Conservatives Lead by Reducing Crime, Saving Money

Conservatives in Texas, Mississippi, Georgia, South Dakota and other states are showing how to reduce crime while saving taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars through smarter ways to reduce recidivism of community offenders.

Click here to read more.

This article was also published by Right Side News.

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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.

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Right on Crime Federal and State Call to Action

(Washington, DC) – In what was the largest such gathering of its kind to address conservative criminal justice reform, leaders from across the nation representing ideologies ranging from fiscal conservatives to social conservatives, gathered at Right on Crime’s Leadership Summit. Organized by the Texas Public Policy Foundation and Right on Crime signatories David Keene, Grover Norquist, Richard Viguerie and Pat Nolan, attendees heard from legislators in states where reform was enacted, governors who videotaped messages on their support of reform efforts, and updates on state and federal legislation. As a result, 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.

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Edwin Meese: “I’m looking for new ideas that will do a better job to reduce crime.”

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