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Right on Crime Praises Speaker Ryan for Commitment to Criminal Justice Reform

| December 15, 2017

Austin, TX — Right on Crime today praised House Speaker Paul Ryan for his commitment to passing criminal justice reform in 2018.  Several conservative criminal justice reform bills have been discussed and passed by the Judiciary Committees of both the House and the Senate in recent years. “Speaker Ryan is showing leadership on an issue of p...

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Coalition Applauds Lawmakers for Advancing Legislation to Address Criminal Justice Reform

| December 5, 2017

Judicial Safety Valve Reforms Mandatory Minimum Sentencing by Providing Courts with Needed Flexibility Tallahassee, Fla. – A coalition of conservative public policy organizations today praised Florida lawmakers for advancing legislation that seeks to reform mandatory minimum sentencing requirements by allowing for a judicial safety valve. Sen...

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Right on Crime, Lawmakers & Conservative Coalition Address Badly Needed Criminal Justice Reform in State of Florida

| November 15, 2017

Tallahassee, Fla. – Right on Crime, joined by Florida lawmakers and a coalition of conservative public policy organizations, today addressed critical criminal justice reform measures needed in the State of Florida. At the press conference, a poll, demonstrating a majority of registered Florida voters support a number of smart justice reforms, was...

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Katie Greer

October 31, 2017

Announcing New Leadership and Staff Advancements

| October 31, 2017

Austin, TX — The Texas Public Policy Foundation announced the advancement of three staff members who serve as leaders in the Foundation’s Right on Crime campaign. Marc Levin will serve as Vice President of Criminal Justice Policy Levin has long been recognized for leading the charge for conservative criminal justice reform on both a state a...

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Federal Criminal Justice Reform Legislation Has Conservative Values, Focuses on Public Safety

| October 6, 2017

Austin, TX — Right on Crime, the conservative campaign for criminal justice reform, applauds Congress for moving forward with important pieces of criminal justice reform legislation. Conservative principles that have led to lower crime and better outcomes for taxpayers and victims in the conservative states in which these laws have passed are th...

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Right on Crime

September 12, 2017

Mark Meckler Joins Criminal Justice Reform Effort

| September 12, 2017

Right on Crime today announced the addition of a respected conservative activist who is committed to conservative criminal justice reform as outlined in its Statement of Principles.  The newest signatory to this movement is Mark Meckler, president of Citizens for Self-Governance. Citizens for Self-Governance launched the Convention of States to...

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Advocates and Lawmakers Urge Passage of Second Chances Bill

| May 17, 2017

Standing in support of the Second Chances Bill, Right on Crime signatory Doug Deason urged legislators to pass the critical reforms at a press conference held in the Texas state capitol on Tuesday. Deason advocated for the bill by sharing his personal testimony of making a mistake at a young age and benefiting from a chance to move forward. The bil...

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Oklahoma Right on Crime Highlights Benefits of State Questions 780 and 781

| November 3, 2016

Today, Right on Crime Oklahoma, the Sooner State’s branch of the nation’s most prominent conservative criminal justice reform campaign, issued the following statement concerning the beneficial impact of State Questions 780 and 781: Andrew Speno, the spokesman for Right on Crime Oklahoma noted: “Questions 780 and 781 will bring Oklahoma int...

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Conservative Justice Reform Advocates React to New FBI Crime Report

| September 27, 2016

The FBI has released its annual crime report for last year, and the conservative members of the U.S. Justice Action Network—three of whom are also Right on Crime signatories— issued the following statements. Bottom line is this: while any increase in any crime is cause for concern, America is still much safer today than in decade’s past. S...

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Right on Crime Commends Speaker Ryan For Leadership On Criminal Justice Reform

| February 5, 2016

Austin, TX—Recent comments by House Speaker Paul Ryan that he will schedule a vote on a criminal justice reform bill this year earned praise from Right on Crime, the leading conservative criminal justice reform organization: “Speaker Ryan is showing courageous leadership on criminal justice reform, and we call on House Majority Leader Ke...

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Right on Crime

December 3, 2015

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Now Hiring: Senior Researcher, Center for Effective Justice and Right on Crime

| December 3, 2015

Description: The Texas Public Policy Foundation’s Center for Effective Justice and its Right on Crime initiative is seeking a senior researcher to examine American policing practices to determine how best to improve public safety while securing liberty. The qualified applicant will see public safety as a multifaceted challenge wherein arrests ...

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July 20, 2015

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Right on Crime Issues Statement of Support for Speaker Boehner and SAFE Justice Act

| July 20, 2015

Contact: Kevin McVicker For Immediate Release Shirley & Banister Public Affairs July 20, 2015 (703) 739-5920/(800) 536-5920 kmcvicker@sbpublicaffairs.com   Austin, TX – House Speaker John Boehner’s statement on criminal justice reform shows us that he has joined those who recognize that being Right ...

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Right on Crime

June 25, 2015

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Fair Sentencing and Fair Chances for the Justice System

| June 25, 2015

A new campaign launched by the Coalition for Public Safety is urging a better understanding of justice reform. This reform incorporates conservative principles such as cost-efficiency and well guarded public safety. The understanding needed in this is that the enormous expense occurred by the ever expanding criminal justice system could be mitigate...

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Right on Crime

March 11, 2015

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Former Texas Governor Rick Perry Joins Right on Crime Campaign

| March 11, 2015

  For Immediate Release: Austin, TX — Right on Crime today announced the addition of former Texas Governor Rick Perry to its growing list of prominent conservatives committed to public safety and cost-effective criminal justice reform as outlined in the Right on Crime Statement of Principles. Right on Crime is a national campaign of th...

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New Poll Shows Voters Strongly Support New Justice Reforms in Texas

| March 9, 2015

AUSTIN, Tx.—March 9, 2015—A new poll released today by Right on Crime, the nation’s leading conservative public policy campaign for criminal justice reform, shows voters strongly support criminal justice reforms in Texas. The poll conducted by Wilson Perkins Allen Opinion Research for the Texas Public Policy Foundation found that the vast maj...

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In State of the State Addresses, Conservative Governors Highlight Criminal Justice Reform

| March 3, 2015

This winter, Governors’ across the country are making their State of the State address, summing up past accomplishments and highlighting the priorities that they hold for their administrations. After the right grabbed election after election, there are many more states turning red. This means great things for criminal justice reform. Conservativ...

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Right on Crime

November 6, 2014

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Congratulating Governor-Elect Hutchinson, Other Conservative Criminal Justice Reformers on Their Victories

| November 6, 2014

AUSTIN, TX—In the wake of an historic election wave that brought so many Republican lawmakers to power throughout the country, Right on Crime—the nationally-recognized conservative criminal justice reform organization—congratulates the hundreds of conservative elected officials dedicated to reforming America’s criminal justice system for th...

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Right on Crime

May 27, 2014

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Right on Crime Leadership Summit 2014

| May 27, 2014

On May 20-21, Right on Crime hosted the first-ever Leadership Summit in Washington D.C., where prominent conservatives who are passionate about criminal justice gathered to discuss new and innovative methods for reforming the system. Click the links below and follow #ROCsummit on Twitter and Facebook to find out what went on during the conferen...

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Marc Levin

August 12, 2013

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Holder Announcement Follows String of Conservative Criminal Justice Reforms

| August 12, 2013

Texas and Other States have Reduced Crime AND Criminal Justice Spending Austin, TX—In response to U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder’s announcement on corrections reform, the conservative criminal justice reform movement Right on Crime, led by the nation’s leading conservatives, highlighted several examples where reform has been underway fo...

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Right on Crime

March 22, 2013

Right on Crime Campaign Applauds Unanimous Passage of Juvenile Justice Reforms in the Georgia Senate

| March 22, 2013

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 22, 2013 AUSTIN – Today, the Right on Crime campaign congratulated the Georgia Senate for unanimously passing a major juvenile justice reform bill. This legislation would enact comprehensive juvenile justice reforms recommended by the Governor's Special Council on Justice Reform. The reforms would refocus Geor...

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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.