Will Criminal Justice Reform Become a Topic in 2016?

Both parties have left the criminal justice issue out of their presidential debates in main part. But since conservatives have realized the key values they share that are involved, it is likely that they at least will bring the issue up in 2016. Criminal justice reform involves conservative issues such as fiscal responsibility, second chances or redemption, and families. These topics should bring the discussion to the forefront come 2016.

Shortly after Mitt Romney clinched the Republican presidential nomination in 2012, he traveled to Colorado, where a reporter in Denver asked for his thoughts on medical marijuana. The conversation did not go well.

Romney scowled and cut reporter Shaun Boyd off midsentence.

“Aren’t there significant issues that you’d like to talk about?” he protested, looking uncomfortable as Boyd continued her questioning.

“This is significant in Colorado,” she replied. Indeed, it was. Six months later, on the same night that Romney lost his bid for the White House against President Barack Obama, Colorado voters would legalize the recreational use of marijuana. Washington state did the same, making them the first states in the nation to take such action.


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ROC testifies in Louisiana

Right on Crime signatory Jerry Madden testified before a Louisiana Senate Committee on a bill that aims to lessen sentences for non-violent drug offenders.

“It saves money, saves lives and reverses the trend.”

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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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Mississippi HB 585: Recommendations of the Corrections and Criminal Justice Task Force

Why does Mississippi need HB585? Mississippi’s prison population has grown by 17 percent in the last decade, topping 22,600 inmates last year. The state now has the second-highest imprisonment rate in the country, trailing only Louisiana. Without action, these trends will continue and Mississippi prisons will need to house 1,990 more inmates by 2024 – costing taxpayers an additional $266 million.

What will HB 585 do for Mississippi’s criminal justice system? HB 585 will enact “true minimums” to guarantee that nonviolent and violent offenders are never released prior to serving 25 and 50 percent of their sentences, respectively.

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ROC signatories applauded for being leaders of criminal justice reform movement

It’s no secret that conservatives are paving the way for our country to implement effective criminal justice policies, and this article from The Fix commends ROC signatories such as Newt Gingrich, Grover Norquist and Craig DeRoche for helping the nation to get right on crime.