Austin, TX — Right on Crime today announced the addition of a respected conservative leader committed to conservative criminal justice reform as outlined in its Statement of Principles.  The newest signatory to this movement is Mike Huckabee, former Governor of Arkansas.

Mike Huckabee served as Governor of Arkansas from 1996-2007.  He was a candidate for the Republican presidential nomination in 2008 and 2016, and he hosted his own show “Huckabee” on the FOX News Channel. He is an ordained Baptist minister.

Gov. Huckabee is a widely respected public servant.  He was named one of the nation’s best governors by Time magazine and he served as chairman of the National Governors Association.

“We are pleased and delighted to welcome Governor Mike Huckabee to this effort,” said former United States Attorney General Edwin Meese III, Ronald Reagan Distinguished Fellow Emeritus at the Heritage Foundation and a Right on Crime Signatory. “Gov. Huckabee is a principled conservative with a keen understanding of how to improve the justice system and increase public safety.”

Right on Crime is a national campaign of the Texas Public Policy Foundation, in partnership with the American Conservative Union Foundation and Justice Fellowship that supports fighting crime, prioritizing victims, and protecting taxpayers.  The movement to reform underperforming and wasteful criminal justice programs had its origins in Texas in 2005.  Its success has been duplicated and continues to serve as a model for effective policies around the country.

In recent years, states like Ohio, Oklahoma, Texas, Mississippi, South Dakota and Georgia have led the way in implementing correctional reforms that save tax dollars and protect the public.

Gov. Huckabee joins more than 60 prominent conservative leaders who have endorsed the principles of conservative criminal justice reform, including former U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich, former South Carolina Sen. Jim DeMint, former New Mexico Attorney General Hal Stratton, former U.S. Congressman J.C. Watts, former Ohio Secretary of State Ken Blackwell, former Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli, former Ohio Attorney General Jim Petro, and Americans for Tax Reform President Grover Norquist.