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


Joint Finance Committee Tackles Prisoner Treatment Options

| July 24, 2017

Wisconsin’s Joint Finance Committee, the group in charge of modifying Governor Walker’s budget, took decisive action towards improving treatment opportunities for prisoners. In 1999, Wisconsin implemented truth in sentencing.  As a result, a prison sentence is bifurcated between time spent in custody and time spent in extended supervision.  Custody is the initial confinement in prison. Extended supervision takes place in communities.  So, a person can be sentenced to ten years ‘in prison,’ but i...

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Raising the Age of Juvenile Court Jurisdiction in Texas

| May 3, 2017

This new policy perspective from Derek Cohen and Haley Holik examines Texas' practice of trying 17 year olds in adult courts, stating research indicates that the juvenile system provides the most effective tools to punish and rehabilitate most youthful offenders. Cohen and Holik conclude by recommending that Texas "raise the age" of criminal responsibility for adults to 18. [pdf-embedder url="

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New Task Force to Prioritize Juvenile Justice Reform

| June 28, 2017

Tennesseans just gained an important ally in its effort to reform its criminal justice system with the newly formed bipartisan Ad Hoc Tennessee Blue Ribbon Task Force on Juvenile Justice, chaired by Speaker of the House Beth Harwell and Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris. The Task Force is comprised of representation from Gov. Haslam’s office, legislators, prosecutors, law enforcement, juvenile court officials, and representatives from key state agencies. Following a comprehensive study of Tennessee’s juv...

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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.