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


President Trump urges Congress to pass prison reform at White House summit

| May 18, 2018

President Trump signaled that he would sign prison reform legislation if Congress sends it to his desk during Friday’s White House Prison Reform Summit: “My administration strongly supports these efforts, and I urge the House and Senate to get together… to work out their differences. Get a bill to my desk. I will sign it.” The prison reform summit—the first of its kind—hosted more than 100 advocates and policymakers brought together to tout the public safety benefits of prison rehabilitation...

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The Conservative Case for Policing Reforms

| February 23, 2018

In this new report policing expert Randy Petersen outlines the conservative case for policing reforms. Having spent 21 years in law enforcement, Petersen introduces four recommended areas for reform. These areas are police militarization, their place in the community, hiring and training, and lawmaking. This report recommends that in order to better support law enforcement, we must continuously examine their practices so that we can provide the policies, training, and equipment they need to protect communitie...

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Watch: Criminal Justice Reform in Illinois

| May 22, 2018

After someone serves their time and pays their debt to society, the government should not swat down their attempts to pursue a productive path. Unfortunately, that’s exactly what happened to one Illinois mother who attempted to become a licensed registered nurse. Her dream was denied due to Illinois’ occupational licensing laws which prohibits those with felony convictions from applying. This is just one of the many ways the government can get in the way of someone’s second chance. Thankfully, the Il...

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Conservative Leaders Support Right on Crime

Find out why conservative leaders like Newt Gingrich, Ed Meese, Grover Norquist, Rick Perry, Jeb Bush, Ralph Reed, Ken Cuccinelli, and many others have signed the Right on Crime Statement of Principles.

What Conservatives Are Saying About Criminal Justice Reform & Right on Crime

Learn why criminal justice reform is on the minds of prominent conservatives, elected officials and potential presidential candidates.


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.