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Right on Crime Praises White House for Prison Reform Discussion

| January 10, 2018

Austin, TX — Tomorrow, the White House will hold a meeting with top conservative experts on criminal justice reform.  Brooke Rollins, President of the Texas Public Policy Foundation, home of Right on Crime, will participate along with Governors Matt Bevin, Sam Brownback and Nathan Deal who have implemented successful reforms in their states.  Additional Right on Crime signatories have also been engaged with the administration on criminal justice reform.

Right on Crime praised the Trump administration for its commitment to prison reform that will increase public safety by punishing those who pose serious danger to the community, while looking for ways to help former prisoners re-enter society and become productive participants in their communities and not fall back into criminal activity.

“I commend this administration for considering sensible reforms to our criminal justice system, including looking for ways to reduce recidivism rates,” said Newt Gingrich, former Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives.

“Over 95 percent of people incarcerated will be released from prison at some point regardless of their crime. Americans are safer and communities stronger when individuals come out of prison better than they went in. Rehabilitation programs give them a second chance at self-reliance and personal responsibility so they can lead productive and law-abiding lives,” said former U.S. Senator Jim DeMint, Chairman, Conservative Partnership Institute.

“In order to achieve reform, we need to reign in overzealous prosecutors who seek maximum sentences for minimal offenses—some of which do not warrant imprisonment,” said former Maryland Governor Robert Ehrlich.

Right on Crime is a national campaign of the Texas Public Policy Foundation, in partnership with the American Conservative Union Foundation and Prison Fellowship that supports conservative solutions for reducing crime, restoring victims, reforming offenders, and lowering costs. Right on Crime makes the case for conservative criminal justice reform. The movement to reform underperforming and wasteful criminal justice programs had its origins in Texas in 2005, and in recent years, dozens of states like Ohio, Oklahoma, Mississippi, South Dakota and Georgia have led the way in implementing correctional reforms that save tax dollars and protect the public.

Right on Crime has the support of more than ninety prominent conservative leaders who have endorsed the principles of conservative criminal justice reform, including former U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich, former U.S. Attorney General Edwin Meese, former Sen. Jim DeMint, former Gov. Mike Huckabee, former U.S. Congressman J.C. Watts, former Ohio Secretary of State Ken Blackwell, former Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli, Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention Russell Moore and Americans for Tax Reform President Grover Norquist.

For more information or to schedule an interview with Right on Crime spokespersons, please contact Kevin McVicker at (703) 739-5920 or kmcvicker@sbpublicaffairs.com.

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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.

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