Marc Levin appears on YNN’s Capital Tonight

ROC policy director Marc Levin discusses ways we can reduce prison population with YNN’s Capital Tonight.

Grits for Breakfast: “Right on Crime seeks world domination”

Grits for Breakfast summarizes the accomplishments of the ROC Leadership Summit: “Did you do as much last month as the conservative Texas Public Policy Foundation and its Right on Crime campaign to combat overcriminalization and mass incarceration?”

Al Jazeera America: “Crime and punishment is looking a lot different in tough-on-crime Texas”

Marc Levin discusses Texas’ shift from a ‘tough-on-crime’ approach to a ‘smart-on-crime’ approach.

“It was a change in mentality. Prison is good for people that we’re scared of, but not people that we’re mad at.”

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Levin, Cohen: The End of Penal ‘One-Upmanship’

Right on Crime Policy Director Marc Levin and Policy Analyst Derek Cohen write in The Crime Report:

The National Academies’ exhaustive report, “The Growth of Incarceration in the United States: Exploring Causes and Consequences,” released last month, covers nearly the entire body of scholarship on the causes of the incarceration boom.

The causes, as identified by the authors, derive from a charged political arena favoring longer sentences, the trend towards harsher methods of punishment, and the rapid development of increasingly punitive drug laws.

Certainly, the last four decades of criminal justice policy reflect this.

“Alabama Prison Reform Task Force member learns how Texas turned ‘Right on Crime’”

A member of Alabama’s Prison Reform Task Force attended a summit in Washington, D.C., this week to learn how Texas changed its prison laws and saved money.

The Lone Star state changed its sentencing laws and invested millions in drug rehabilitation programs earlier this decade after it was faced with the unsettling prospect of spending billions to build and operate new prisons. In the past four years, Texas saved enough money from its reform efforts to close a state-run prison, three juvenile centers, and two privately run prisons.

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TIME Magazine: “This Is the One Thing the Right and Left Are Working Together On In Congress”

Right on Crime signatory Grover Norquist, along with Joan Blades, president of MomsRising.org, co-authored an op-ed for TIME Magazine in which they discuss how the left and right are finding common ground on criminal justice reforms.

“Let’s be smart on crime”

“These principles of being smart on crime find roots from the group Right on Crime. Oklahoma, Kansas and Texas have utilized the principles of quality reentry programs to promote public safety, shrink government and effectively utilize our tax dollars.”

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“Conservative Group Continues Push for Criminal Justice Reform”

“Right on Crime aims at reform on both the federal and state levels. The underlying idea is to use prisons for people who would harm society, not for non-violent offenders causing no injury to body or property.”

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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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The Daily Caller: Koch brothers unite right and left, sponsor panel on prison reform

“The Texas Public Policy Foundation created a new organization of conservative leaders to boost these state efforts. Newt Gingrich, Jeb Bush, Bill Bennett, Ed Meese, and Grover Norquist are just some of the prominent conservatives who have endorsed the Right on Crime platform.”

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