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


Former NYC police commissioner’s journey from 9/11 to prison reform

| September 12, 2018

Public safety is on the minds of many Americans throughout September as they reflect on the most horrific terrorist attack on our nation’s soil. Thousands of lives were lost due to events that took place seventeen years ago on 9/11. In the midst of the chaos, the response from law enforcement officers to firefighters, to even everyday Americans, was a heartening reminder that the U.S. binds together and drops everything to lift each other up in time of need. Former New York City Police Commissioner and R...

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Open Roads and Overflowing Jails: Addressing High Rates of Rural Pretrial Incarceration

| May 31, 2018

The decades-long growth in rural pretrial incarceration has taken a toll on taxpayers and individual liberties. The latest research by Marc Levin and Michael Haugen unveils growth contributors and makes evidence-based recommendations to improve public safety while reducing the number of defendants held on pretrial detention. Solutions outlined in the paper include reducing the number of jailable offenses, expanding police diversion, and utilizing validated risk-assessments at intake, among others. Research...

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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.