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


New Police Foundation Report: Foot Patrol Improves Community Relations, Problem-Solving Capabilities

| September 19, 2016

Discussion of foot patrol in modern policing may generate images of the beat officer walking the business district or neighborhood, stopping to talk with shop owners and homeowners, and occasionally collaring the neighborhood ruffian.  For many, these are not unpleasant images.  They reflect a time when trust between law enforcement and the community was high, and a desire to return to the comforting times such thoughts prompt in our collective minds may never have been stronger. A newly released study b...

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Watchmen or Warfighters? A Conservative Proposal for Limiting Military-Grade Weapons Sent to States

| August 31, 2016

In this new report for the Center for Effective Justice, Derek Cohen, Greg Glod, and Michael Haugen examine the Department of Defense's 1033 program, which provides surplus military equipment—including weaponry—to federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies. Over $124 million worth of such gear has been distributed to various law enforcement agencies in Texas since its inception, largely without any transparency or oversight from state authorities. This report recommends the establishment of tr...

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Right on Crime Webinar Campaign Update – Six Years Later

| February 18, 2016

The Right on Crime initiative is into its sixth year working to reform America’s criminal justice system state-to-state and across the country. Thanks to the leadership of the signatories to the Right on Crime statement of principles, we have been a part of major reforms being implemented in over 40 states. Join us for a webinar campaign update from stakeholders in the initiative as they discuss the state of conservative criminal justice reform in the states and Washington, DC. Presenters Ken Cuc...

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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.