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Right on Crime | January 25, 2011
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.