The conservative approach to criminal justice:
fighting crime, supporting victims, and protecting taxpayers.

Discussing Right On Crime with From the Right Radio

| February 16, 2011

In this interview on From the Right Radio, Joshua Gillespie and Ashley Sewell ask several in-depth questions about the Right On Crime campaign. Near the end of the interview, Gillespie asks about the history of crime as a hot-button political issue, and we have a conversation about the skyrocketing crime rates of the 1970s and 1980s that some believe resulted from progressive policy ideas which deemphasized incarceration. We then discuss the fact that by responding to the crime wave with a renewed emphasis on incarceration — including the incarceration of non-violent offenders — conservatives may have pushed the pendulum too far in the other direction. The proper balance is a criminal justice system that prioritizes prison space for violent felons and uses alternative sanctions for non-violent offenders.


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.