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


Opioid Crisis Correctly Identified as Health Emergency

| October 26, 2017

Austin, TX— Right on Crime, the national conservative criminal justice reform organization, today praised the Trump administration’s decision to declare the United States’ severe opioid crisis a “national health emergency.”  Treating drug addicts only like criminals has proven counterproductive. States have moved to refer opioid cases to drug courts and offered deferred sentences combined with treatment to improve outcomes while avoiding  overcrowding jails. “Severe sentences for people wi...

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America’s Opioid Crisis Worse Than Reported, Killing More Than 47,000 In 2014

| August 8, 2017

This article by Chuck DeVore originally appeared in Forbes, August 8th, 2017. Earlier this year the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a report that suggested a significant number of opioid related deaths were incorrectly attributed to pneumonia and other infectious diseases made worse by drug abuse. The study, by CDC field officer Victoria Hall and colleagues, looked at deaths in Minnesota from 2006 to 2015. Hall noted that opioids can, “Make your immune system less effecti...

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Don’t Mess with Texas on Civil Asset Forfeiture

| November 3, 2017

If you haven’t heard the slogan, “Don’t mess with Texas,” you either live under a rock, or you’ve never met a Texan. While engaging in a conversation on civil asset forfeiture at an event hosted by Texas Public Policy Foundation’s Liberty Leadership Council, Texans proved that their slogan also applies to their sentiments on criminal justice reform. The conversation, held on the patio at Chapman & Kirby in Houston, was led by Right on Crime’s policy analyst, Michael Haugen. Haugen kicked ...

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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.