Governor Phil Bryant: Mississippi Legislature Votes to Adopt “Right on Crime” Criminal Justice Reform Measures

The following statement was released by Governor Phil Bryant regarding Mississippi’s package of criminal justice reforms.

JACKSON—House Bill 585, Mississippi’s package of criminal justice reform measures, has passed the Mississippi House and Mississippi Senate and should soon come to Gov. Phil Bryant for review. The reforms were developed over several months as the result of a bipartisan task force effort that included consultation with the Public Safety Performance Project of The Pew Charitable Trusts.

“We pledged to Mississippians that we would make this the ‘public safety session’, and we have worked hard to develop a research-based plan that is tough on crime while using tax dollars wisely where they make the most impact,” Gov. Phil Bryant said. “This bill ensures that violent criminals are held accountable for their crimes, and it provides a second chance to veterans and other Mississippians who have made mistakes want to take steps to get their lives back on track.

“I appreciate the hard work of Rep. Andy Gibson, Sen. Brice Wiggins, the leadership in the House and Senate, the members of the criminal justice task force and the PEW Charitable Trusts in researching this issue and helping move these reforms through the legislative process. I look forward to receiving the bill and reviewing it closely.”

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Right on Crime congratulates Governor Rick Perry

Right on Crime congratulates Governor Rick Perry
Perry receives Governor of the Year Award for his support of drug-court programs

Austin, TX — Governor Rick Perry was today presented the National Association of Drug Court Professionals’ Governor of the Year Award. This year marks the 25th anniversary of drug courts — treatment programs that help rehabilitate non-violent drug offenders as an alternative to incarceration — and Governor Perry is the first recipient of this prestigious award. Under Governor Perry’s leadership, Texas has saved an estimated $3 billion in prison spending, and is now home to 136 drug courts.

“We heartily congratulate Governor Perry for his well-deserved award as Governor of the Year from the National Association of Drug Court Professionals,” said Marc Levin, Director of the Texas Public Policy Foundation’s Center for Effective Justice and Right on Crime. “We have been privileged to work with the Governor and other Texas policymakers over the last several years to expand drug courts in Texas. It is clear that these drug courts are working to combat substance abuse and crime.”

“The diversion of appropriate offenders to drug courts has contributed to savings of $3 billion dollars, as Texas has closed three prisons instead of building the 17,000 new beds that in 2007 were projected to be needed by 2012,” added Levin. “Most important, Texas has its lowest crime rate since 1968. We look forward to continuing to work with Governor Perry and other Texas policymakers to build on this success, and we are confident this award will only add to the momentum for taking the next steps to improve Texas’ criminal justice system.”

More information about Governor Perry receiving the National Award for Criminal Justice Reform can be found here: http://t.co/NBkKBoNZFm


Right on Crime legislation passed in Mississippi

Governor Phil Bryant signed into law HB585 — a sweeping reform bill that has the state on the road to getting right on crime.

This story was also covered by WLOX 13.


Free Radical Network’s CPAC 2014 Booth Review

ROC policy analyst Derek Cohen interviewed about Right on Crime at CPAC 2014.

Click here to read more about CPAC 2014 from Free Radical Network.

Vikrant Reddy to testify before U.S. Sentencing Commission

THURSDAY: Vikrant Reddy to testify before U.S. Sentencing Commission

Austin, TX—Vikrant Reddy, Senior Policy Analyst for the Texas Public Policy Foundation’s Center for Effective Justice and Right on Crime, will testify at the United States Sentencing Commission’s public hearing on proposed amendments to the Federal Sentencing Guidelines on Thursday, March 13 at 11 a.m. ET at the Thurgood Marshall Federal Judiciary Building in Washington, D.C.

WHO: Vikrant Reddy, Senior Policy Analyst, Center for Effective Justice and Right on Crime

WHAT: United States Sentencing Commission public hearing on proposed amendments to the Federal Sentencing Guidelines

WHEN: Thursday, March 13, 2014 at 11 a.m. ET

WHERE: Mecham Conference Center in the Thurgood Marshall Federal Judiciary Building, Washington, D.C.

A complete agenda of the public hearing can be found here: http://bit.ly/1nC8CHU

The proposed amendments can be read here: http://tinyurl.com/kpqf24x

Vikrant Reddy is a senior policy analyst with Texas Public Policy Foundation’s Center for Effective Justice and Right on Crime.

The Texas Public Policy Foundation is a non-profit, free-market research institute based in Austin.

Primary website: www.TexasPolicy.com
Facebook page: www.Facebook.com/TexasPublicPolicyFoundation
Twitter feed: www.Twitter.com/TPPF

Right on Crime is a national campaign of the Texas Public Policy Foundation that supports fighting crime, prioritizing victims and protecting taxpayers.

Click here to view the remarks from the testimony.

CPAC 2014 Criminal Justice Panel

Governor Rick Perry, Former NYPD Commissioner Bernard Kerik, and ROC signatory Grover Norquist discuss smart criminal justice reforms on the CPAC criminal justice panel.

Click here to watch the whole panel.

Watch Governor Perry’s speech at CPAC 2014

“It’s not too late for America to lead in the world, but it starts by leading at home, and it starts by returning to the founding principles of democracy found in our Constitution.”

American Conservative: “CPAC: The Conservative Case for Criminal Justice Reform”

The American Conservative highlights ROC signatories as they discuss the conservative case for criminal justice reform at CPAC 2014.

Right on Crime and signatories attending CPAC 2014

Right on Crime will be attending the American Conservative Union’s Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) on March 6-8, 2014 in National Harbor, Maryland. This year’s CPAC program will include a featured criminal justice panel on the main stage on the first day of the conference, and appearances by Right on Crime signatories, including:

ROC team members Chuck DeVore, Marc Levin, Vikrant Reddy, and Derek Cohen will also attend the event.  To schedule an interview about Right on Crime with any of these individuals, please contact Sarah Rumpf at 512-472-2700 or [email protected].

TPPF VP of Policy to testify before California’s Committee on Budget and Fiscal Review

Texas Public Policy Foundation’s Vice President of Policy Chuck DeVore will testify before California’s Committee on Budget and Fiscal Review on January 30, 2014 at 9:30 a.m. Pacific Time. The committee hearing, chaired by Senator Mark Leno, will focus on realignment in California. Chuck will present a clear description of successful Texas’ criminal justice reforms as a set of lessons learned that may be applied to California.

From 2004 – 2010 Chuck served in the California State Assembly, during which time he also authored a section of 2007’s AB 900 prison construction bill that calls for 4,000 new beds for drug and alcohol rehabilitation.

Check out this article by OC Weekly for more information on Chuck’s return to California.