The Montgomery Advertiser recently noted, “Unlike most of his predecessors, [Republican] Gov. Bob Riley has successfully pushed reforms designed to lower inmate populations and to decrease recidivism. He has sought to increase the state’s work release program.” 1

Despite efforts to demand a greater return on taxpayer public safety dollars, the state faces many corrections challenges. For example, in 2009, one prison was more than 300 percent over capacity. 2 The state has one of the nation’s highest incarceration rates, with more than 30,000 inmates in state lockups. 3

According to a October 21, 2010 Auburn Plainsman story recapping a gubernatorial forum, Republican Governor-elect Robert Bentley “added that prison reform was needed to address the number of drug-addicted individuals currently incarcerated in state prisons.” 4

The Alabama Sentencing Commission is working to strengthen the state’s utilization of offender risk/needs assessment instruments. These are tools that research has demonstrated enhances the cost-effective use of correctional resources by matching the supervision strategy, sanction, or program with the type of offender for whom that approach has been proven to reduce recidivism. 5

Why Conservatives Should Support Juvenile Justice Reform

Right on Crime | February 6, 2018
This article by Right on Crime Signatory and former Arkansas Governor, Mike Huckabee,  originally appeared in AL.com on February 6th, 2018. As conservatives and people of faith, we know that…

Right on Crime’s Derek Cohen at Freedom Fest Discussing Overincarceration

Greg Glod | July 13, 2015
This past weekend, Derek Cohen, Deputy Director of the Center for Effective Justice at the Texas Public Policy Foundation and Right on Crime, was a speaker on a panel…

Alabama’s Sweeping Justice Reinvestment Act Confronts Stubborn Prison Overpopulation, Recidivism

Michael Haugen | May 8, 2015
In an effort to confront a spiraling prison population that is believed to be twice its original maximum capacity, the Alabama legislature on Thursday passed Senate Bill 67–the Justice…

Newt Gingrich: Alabama Prison Reform Bill the ‘Right’ Thing to Do

Right on Crime | April 1, 2015
Right on Crime signatory Newt Gingrich joined up with Alabama State Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh to advocate for that state’s new prison reform bill. As conservatives, we believe…

Alabama: Desperate Times, Much Needed Measures

Right on Crime | March 6, 2015
Right on Crime senior fellow Jerry Madden has been present and working in Alabama recently, discussing criminal justice reform with that state’s legislators, media and activists. On Tuesday, the Alabama…

Texas’ Seven Lessons for Alabama on Prison Reform

Right on Crime | August 26, 2014
At AL.com, journalist Wesley Vaughn spoke to Right on Crime Senior Fellow and former Texas House Chairman of Corrections Jerry Madden about Alabama’s urgently-needed prison reforms. “What would Texas…

“Alabama’s criminal justice system offers opportunities for conservatives”

Right on Crime | November 11, 2013
Katherine Robertson, Jay Neal and Jerry Madden: “By adopting policies based on conservative principles—personal responsibility, fiscal discipline, and individual liberty—states including Georgia, North Carolina, and Texas have enacted policies proven…

The Conservative Case Against More Prisons

Right on Crime | March 18, 2013
Our policy experts Vikrant Reddy and Marc Levin wrote an excellent piece recently for The American Conservative magazine. It’s entitled, “The Conservative Case Against More Prisons” and appeared in…

Engulfed by Environmental Crimes

Right on Crime | January 28, 2013
The Texas Public Policy Foundation recently released a report on overcriminalization which I co-authored with my Right On Crime colleague, Marc Levin. The report, titled Engulfed by Environmental Crimes:…

Prison Population Pressures Plague Two States

Right on Crime | April 6, 2012
Rising prison populations in two states are stimulating legislative attention to criminal justice reform—and neither state, fortunately, is resorting to merely letting inmates out early. Instead, both states are…

Slamming the Prison Doors Shut—For Good

Right on Crime | September 1, 2011
The National Juvenile Justice Network (NJJN) brings us news that sixteen states have recently shut down traditional juvenile detention centers, or drastically reduced the number of youths being incarcerated…

Alabama Chief Justice Issues Overcrowding Warning

Right on Crime | June 29, 2011
Alabama Chief Justice Sue Bell Cobb has a warning for the legislature of her state: fix the overcrowded Alabama prison system, or the judiciary will do it for you.…
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