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


On behalf of our signatories and staff, welcome to Right on Crime, the nation’s preeminent conservative criminal justice reform initiative. Right on Crime is a project of the Texas Public Policy Foundation, in partnership with the American Conservative Union Foundation and Prison Fellowship.

Conservatives have long been known as champions of limited government and the rule of law, yet contrary to various popular caricatures, also recognize spheres in which government is necessary, and chief among them is public safety. However, conservatives also recognize that governments are uniquely prone to abuse personal liberty and spend resources wastefully. A challenge is therefore presented: how can we ensure public safety while still checking the power of government and keeping costs low? Learn more about what brought us to this point, then read about why conservatives should be leading reform efforts.

Our Statement of Principles forms the backbone of Right on Crime’s mission, and serves as a strong guide that conservatives nationwide can apply in achieving cost-effective justice systems that can protect the public order, restores victims, and reforms wrongdoers.

Much of Right on Crime’s success since its inception has been due to the leadership of our signatories—conservative luminaries known throughout the states and nationally—who leverage their expertise and experience to advance data-driven and empirically-proven reforms to the country’s criminal justice systems. Read more about what they and other conservatives are saying about criminal justice reform.

Criminal justice reform is a complex, multi-faceted area of public policy that has a wide array of challenges to confront, and Right on Crime has identified several priority issues—from civil asset forfeiture to parole and re-entry—that drive our work. Learn more about them here.


The Conservative Case for Policing Reforms

| February 23, 2018

In this new report policing expert Randy Petersen outlines the conservative case for policing reforms. Having spent 21 years in law enforcement, Petersen introduces four recommended areas for reform. These areas are police militarization, their place in the community, hiring and training, and lawmaking. This report recommends that in order to better support law enforcement, we must continuously examine their practices so that we can provide the policies, training, and equipment they need to protect communitie...

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My Voice: SB73 made ‘lemonade out of lemons’

| March 16, 2018

This article by Marc Levin and President of the Great Plains Public Policy Institute, Ron Williamson, originally appeared in Argus Leader, March 16th, 2018. Governors from the around the country spend a lot of time competing for jobs and figuring out how to promote economic development so their state has more assets and fewer liabilities. Here in South Dakota, there is a symbol of economic transformation that stands out as starkly as Mount Rushmore. Earlier this year, S.D. auctioned off a now unused juvenile...

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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.