Austin, TX — Today Right on Crime announced the addition of a respected former Senator who is committed to conservative criminal justice reform as outlined in its Statement of Principles.  The newest signatory is former Sen. Jim DeMint of South Carolina, who served in the United States Senate from 2005-2013 and is now the Chairman of the Conservative Partnership Institute.  Ed Corrigan, Executive Director of the Conservative Partnership Institute will also become a Right on Crime signatory.

In the Senate, DeMint was a well-respected leader of the conservative movement.  Following his public service, he went on to become President of the Heritage Foundation.  In addition to founding the Conservative Partnership Institute, he recently became senior advisor to Citizens for Self-Governance to persuade states to agree to a Convention of States to propose Constitutional amendments.

Ed Corrigan served as the Vice President of Policy Promotion at the Heritage Foundation.  From 2003-2012, he served as executive director of the Senate Steering Committee, the caucus of conservative senators, under chairmen Jim DeMint and Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL).

“We are delighted to have Jim DeMint join as a signatory to the conservative criminal justice reform movement,” said Richard A. Viguerie, Chairman of American Target Advertising and a signatory to the Right on Crime Statement of Principles.  “Sen. DeMint is a conservative visionary.  He has proven himself to be a tireless advocate for conservative principles, and using those principles to shape policy and motivate the grassroots.  He will be an invaluable asset in spreading the message of conservative criminal justice reform in Washington and throughout the states.”

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.

Sen. DeMint and Mr. Corrigan join 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 U.S. Attorney General Edwin Meese, 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.