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

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Reform in Action: State Initiatives

“There is one transcendent advantage belonging to the province of the State governments… I mean the ordinary administration of criminal and civil justice.”— Federalist No. 17

In the world of conservative criminal justice reform,the most excitingadvances are taking place at the state level. States throughout thenationare findinginnovative ways to increase public safety while trimming burdensome corrections costs.

Every state is different, and thus every state is finding unique solutions. All of the states on the map below, however, have one thing in common: They are seizing the opportunity to cut corrections costs and keep the public safe.

Click a state to read about itssuccessful criminal justice initiatives and keep up with the most current developments.


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.

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