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


My Voice: SB73 made ‘lemonade out of lemons’

| March 16, 2018

This article by Marc Levin and President of the Great Plains Public Policy Institute, Ron Williamson, originally appeared in Argus Leader, March 16th, 2018. Governors from the around the country spend a lot of time competing for jobs and figuring out how to promote economic development so their state has more assets and fewer liabilities. Here in South Dakota, there is a symbol of economic transformation that stands out as starkly as Mount Rushmore. Earlier this year, S.D. auctioned off a now unused juvenile...

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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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Three Takeaways from Policy Orientation

| February 13, 2018

Texas’ success with criminal justice reform received several hat tips throughout Texas Public Policy Foundation’s 16th Annual Policy Orientation, February 7th – 9th. Right on Crime Signatory and former U.S. Senator Jim DeMint kicked off the event with the first keynote address. Surprise remarks came from another signatory, Stephen Moore of The Heritage Foundation, as well as former U.S. Representative Allen West. “Texas is the beacon of liberty” and the leader in criminal justice reform, said West. ...

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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.