Discussing Right On Crime with From the Right Radio
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.