“N.J. lags in monitoring inmates upon release”

Marc Levin in Philly.com on overhauling current parole laws in New Jersey: “It’s definitely important public policy,” he said of the supervision. “It’s holding people accountable, and it makes sense.”

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Right on Crime signatories applaud findings of report “Max Out: The Rise in Prison Inmates Released Without Supervision”


Right on Crime signatories applaud findings of report “Max Out: The Rise in Prison Inmates Released Without Supervision”



Austin, TX — Responding to a new national report showing high rates of prison inmates being released without supervision, Right on Crime signatories today called for policies that ensure offenders receive post-prison supervision and support.

The report, by The Pew Charitable Trusts, finds that an increased number of inmates are “maxing out,” meaning that they are serving the entirety of their sentences behind bars and returning to their communities with no supervision by parole officers or other authorities, thus  presenting a higher risk of committing new criminal offenses. In contrast, the report provides evidence from studies in two states that shows offenders who served sentences that concluded with a period of post-prison supervision were 36 percent (New Jersey) and 30 percent (Kentucky) less likely to return to prison for a new crime than offenders who maxed out their sentences behind bars.

Additionally, polling commissioned by Pew showed strong bipartisan support for shorter prison sentences that transition into a period of supervision.

The following statements were issued by Right on Crime signatories in support of the findings and recommendations of the Max Out report:

“Consideration of cost-effective alternatives to incarceration that have lower rates of recidivism and keep the public equally safe is something that I strongly support, and apparently, so do many other Americans.”

— Ken Cuccinelli, Former Attorney General of Virginia

“This polling data shows popular support for reforms that reduce crime and the tax burden through reducing excessively long prison sentences and increasing post-incarceration supervision through parole or probation.  It is encouraging to see sound policy in criminal justice reform also recognized as good politics.”

— Grover Norquist, President of Americans for Tax Reform


“Max Out affirms what many believe about corrections.  Longer sentences with limited opportunities for parole have dramatically increased costs while decreasing the prospect of successful rehabilitation.”

— Jim Petro, Former Attorney General of Ohio

“Keeping tabs on offenders in the difficult first weeks of transition from prison to the community makes sense. The probation officer has the opportunity to make sure the offender stays on the straight and narrow, and when combined with education, job training, mentors, anger management, and other preparation for release, will make our communities safer.”

— Pat Nolan, Director of the American Conservative Union Foundation’s Center for Criminal Justice Reform

“This groundbreaking report demonstrates that states can enhance public safety by moving away from policies that result in the release of inmates without any supervision. We continue our work to address this issue in Texas and other states and are confident this report will greatly aid these efforts.”

— Marc Levin, Policy Director of Right on Crime

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Louisiana looks to Texas to get right on crime

The Pelican Institute points out that Louisiana is out of step, even with conservative states like Texas and Georgia, which have moved away from prison terms for nonviolent offenders to emphasize rehabilitation.

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New poll shows that American support for drug treatment vs. incarceration is on the rise

A survey by Pew Research Center shows that the public is skeptical of sending non-violent drug offenders to prison — and finds that the majority prefer offenders be treated by way of rehabilitative programs. Marc Levin sits down with NPR News to discuss the issue.

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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


ROC signatory Jerry Madden led the way in developing TX justice reinvestment strategy

Right on Crime signatory Jerry Madden is credited by the Houston Chronicle as being a pioneer for early Texas criminal justice reforms.

Marc Levin on “To the Point” with Warren Olney

“What we’ve found is that sending people to prison who have a drug addiction, for example, they often only stay for a year or two… and of course when they get out, any positive ties they had to church or their family, those have been severed and…they come out worse than when they came in.”

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Marc Levin, Right on Crime, featured in Texas Monthly


Courtesy of Texas Monthly


Texas Monthly’s Nate Blakeslee highlights Marc Levin and Right on Crime in his article “Why Fewer Prisons Are Good for Texas’s Economy.”

“Levin’s chief message, that incarcerating too many people for too long for nonviolent crimes isn’t a good use of taxpayer funds, has resonated with conservative voters and legislators. He advocates more effective and less costly measures, such as drug courts, which divert low-level drug offenders to treatment programs instead of prison, and more effective use of probation.”

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A Second Act for Criminal Justice: Panel at TPPF’s PO2014

Adam Gelb, Director of Public Safety Performance Project at Pew Charitable Trusts, The Honorable Bill Hammond, President and CEO of Texas Association of Business, and Representatives Abel Hererro and Tan Parker of the Texas House of Representatives discuss adult corrections in the Lone Star State.

Marc Levin on ‘Drive Time Lincoln’ with Kevin Thomas

Marc Levin spoke with KLIN’s ‘Drive Time Lincoln’ to discuss public safety and post-incarceration employment in Nebraska.

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