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Chuck Colson’s Birthday

| October 16, 2012

Today is the birthday of Chuck Colson, who passed away in April. Colson was one of the earliest signatories to the Right On Crime Statement of Principles and a vigorous advocate for conservative criminal justice reform. His life story was fascinating. He was a political operative for President Richard M. Nixon, became implicated in the Watergate affair, went to prison, and finally emerged from incarceration to found Prison Fellowship Ministries. Colson is one of the few people for whom it can truly be said: “He left the world a better place than he found it.” In an upcoming article on Louisiana’s Angola Prison (and its warden, Burl Cain), the Acton Institute will present a reflection on Colson’s important legacy. We will link to the article as soon as it is released.

Chuck Colson would have been 81 years old today.


VIBRANT P. REDDY is Senior Fellow for criminal justice issues at the Charles Koch Institute. Previously, Reddy was the Senior Policy Analyst for both Right on Crime and the Texas Public Policy Foundation’s Center for Effective Justice. He has authored several reports on criminal justice policy and is a frequent speaker and media commentator on the topic. Reddy has worked as a research assistant at The Cato Institute, as a law clerk to the Honorable Gina M. Benavides of the Thirteenth Court of Appeals of Texas, and as an attorney in private practice, focusing on trial and appellate litigation. Reddy graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a B.A. in Plan II Honors, Economics, and History, and he earned his law degree at the Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law in Dallas. He is a member of the State Bar of Texas and of the State Bar’s Appellate Section and Criminal Justice Section.