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The American Thinker Gets Right On Crime

| January 25, 2011

The American Thinker has posted a new piece by Christopher Bedford extolling Right On Crime.  Bedford begins by providing a little bit of historical context:

When Alexis de Tocqueville came to America in 1831, he had been sent by the French government to investigate and report on the American prison system.  In the United States, strong Christian values and experimental tendencies had led independent thinkers to break with Old World norms and introduce a host of radical ideas on justice, the most successful among them being the idea that the main function of imprisonment is not punishment, but reform.

Today, with rocketing prison costs, massive numbers of incarcerated citizens, police forces pushed to the brink, and a public that still does not feel safe, it is high time we remember that the fresh and effective ideas of American justice were once the envy of the world.

Next, after explaining some of the alarming problems in the current criminal justice system, Bedford eloquently states his main argument: “the means for fixing [criminal justice] exist directly within our philosophy.”  This, of course, is the central argument of the entire Right On Crime campaign.  Conservatives who are looking for solutions to American criminal justice problems just have to rediscover their philosophical roots — keep a skeptical eye turned to government at all times and demand accountability and efficiency.

Read The American Thinker piece in its entirety — and be sure to check out the many thoughtful comments.


RIGHT ON CRIME is a national campaign to promote successful, conservative solutions on American criminal justice policy—reforming the system to ensure public safety, shrink government, and save taxpayers money. By sharing research and policy ideas and mobilizing strong conservative voices, we work to raise awareness of the growing support for effective reforms within the conservative movement. We are transforming the debate on criminal justice in America.