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


“Just Do Your Job” Means Something Different for Police Officers

| November 9, 2018

Sergeant Ron Helus arrived at the scene of an active shooter in Thousand Oaks, California within three minutes of receiving calls for help and did what he was trained to do, what he swore an oath to do: he went in. Immediately struck by gunfire, he died of his wounds at the hospital a short time later. A tragic reminder of what “doing his job” sometimes entails. The stark contrast to the officer standing outside while Parkland massacre unfolded is noteworthy. Both officers were eligible to retire, bot...

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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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Two thumbs up: Not an ordinary night at the movies

| October 11, 2018

Picture this: It’s 5:45 on a Wednesday night.  Catering and bar service are in place.  Students, professionals, and community members are cautiously entering the building to make sure they are in the right spot.  All is relatively quiet in an otherwise bustling law school.  SCREEEEEEECH—a god-awful feedback rings from microphones during sound check.  It’s rare to be able to say that feedback is the biggest hurdle encountered for such an event, especially on a rare day in Phoenix when it’s raining...

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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.