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Falling Crime Rates Offers Hope of Cutting Costs

| April 28, 2015

Former California politician Chuck DeVore–now Vice President of Policy at the Texas Public Policy Foundation–spoke to the San Diego Union-Tribune about a crime equivalent of the so-called “peace dividend.” The article describes Californians’ attitudes toward recent years’ drop in crime and how solutions are coming from unlikely places.

Krisberg says many Republicans — typically leaders of the law-and-order coalition — now often back changes that help reduce costs and incarceration rates, even as some Democrats oppose them because of their closeness to the prison guards and police unions.

GOP-dominated Texas has been on the forefront of this trend. By shifting resources to probation, parole and rehabilitation, Texas officials have been slashing incarceration costs while the crime rate there continues to drop, explains Chuck DeVore, vice president of the Texas Public Policy Foundation and a former Republican Assemblyman from Irvine.

“The main dividend is in safer streets, which itself helps the economy and in Texas we cut taxes two years ago while we were closing three prisons and we are looking to cut taxes again while we’re continuing to shut down prisons,” he said. “Now … in California, maybe you’re not cutting taxes, but I suppose you’ll have more money for other things there.”


From 2004 to 2010, CHUCK DeVORE represented almost 500,000 people in the California State Assembly in coastal Orange County. He was the Vice Chairman of the Assembly Committee on Revenue and Taxation and served on the Budget Committee as well.

In 2010, Chuck competed for the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate in California, earning more than 450,000 votes and raising more than $2.6 million.

Chuck worked in the aerospace industry for 13 years as an executive. In the former role he analyzed technology developments and corporate capabilities while in the latter role he was in charge of investor and media relations, marketing, and Securities and Exchange Commission reporting. At the time of his election to the Assembly in 2004, he was a corporate vice president.

Chuck served as a Reagan White House appointee in the Pentagon from 1986 to 1988. As Special Assistant for Foreign Affairs his duties included working with Congress to advance the President’s foreign and military policy. He later served on staff of a U.S. Congressman. From 1991 to 1996, he served as a City Commissioner for the City of Irvine.

Chuck served in the Army National Guard from 1983 to 2007 as an intelligence officer and is a lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Army (retired) Reserve.