Reform in Action

"There is one transcendent advantage belonging to the province of the State governments...–I mean the ordinary administration of criminal and civil justice." -- Federalist No. 17

In the world of conservative criminal justice reform, the most exciting advances are taking place at the state level.  Every state is different, and thus every state is finding unique solutions.  All of the states on the left, however, have one thing in common: They are seizing the opportunity to cut corrections costs and keep the public safe.

Click on a state to the left to read about its successful initiatives or click on a post below to keep up with the most current developments.

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  • “Prison Reform is Bigger in Texas”

    Posted in ROC Blog, State Initiatives, Texas, The Criminal Justice Challenge: April 12, 2014 by Right on Crime

    ROC signatories Jerry Madden, Grover Norquist and Newt Gingrich sit down with The Daily Beast to discuss the origins of the criminal justice reform movement in Texas. “Traditionally, the politics [of prison reform] were that conservatives said ‘tough on crime’ and ‘the longer you put people in prison, the better,’” Norquist told me. “Over time, [...]

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

    Posted in Adult Probation, Law Enforcement, Mississippi, Prisons, ROC Blog, State Initiatives, Substance Abuse: April 8, 2014 by Right on Crime

    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 – [...]

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

    Posted in Events, Mississippi, Priority Issues, ROC Blog, State Initiatives, The Criminal Justice Challenge: April 4, 2014 by Right on Crime

    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 [...]

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  • Right on Crime congratulates Governor Rick Perry

    Posted in Events, Parole and Re-Entry, ROC Blog, State Initiatives, Substance Abuse, Texas: April 2, 2014 by Right on Crime

    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 [...]

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