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.


America’s Opioid Crisis Worse Than Reported, Killing More Than 47,000 In 2014

| August 8, 2017

This article by Chuck DeVore originally appeared in Forbes, August 8th, 2017. Earlier this year the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a report that suggested a significant number of opioid related deaths were incorrectly attributed to pneumonia and other infectious diseases made worse by drug abuse. The study, by CDC field officer Victoria Hall and colleagues, looked at deaths in Minnesota from 2006 to 2015. Hall noted that opioids can, “Make your immune system less effecti...

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Step 1 to Stop Wrongful Conviction: ‘Criminal Intent’ Reform

| December 12, 2017

This article by former Governor of Maryland and Right on Crime Signatory Robert Ehrlich originally appeared in The Hill, December 12th, 2017. While most of the Washington media has been chasing headliner issues — healthcare, tax reform, and everything Russia collusion — the White House and Congress have been quietly moving forward on criminal justice reform. In September, Jared Kushner’s “Office of American Innovation” recently held a “re-entry summit” utilizing experts in the field...

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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.