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Right On Crime (ROC), a national initiative of the Texas Public Policy Foundation (TPPF), is dedicated to improving the criminal justice system in a way that respects the rights of individuals, builds community trust, and restores dignity to those impacted by crime.

ROC is actively working in 14 states to find common political ground by conducting research, participating in state and national studies, fostering bi-partisan conversations, providing legislative testimony, and publishing policy commentary.

Since its conception at TPPF in 2007, ROC has championed landmark criminal justice policy with a profound adherence to the dignity of every American. ROC maintains a permanent presence in Washington D.C., Arizona, Florida, Idaho, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, New Mexico, Virginia, and West Virginia.

ROC has supported important criminal justice policy change with major victories including: 

  • Reorganization of the Texas adult prison, probation, and parole system in 2007 & 2009
  • Passage of ReEntry Employer Tax incentives and Initiatives in 2017
  • Passage of the Non-Disclosure Act in 2015
  • The First Step Act in 2018
  • The Florida First Step Act in 2019
  • Clean Slate Laws in Pennsylvania in 2018 & 2023 and Utah in 2019 
  • In Texas, the Damon Allen Act in 2022; H.B.17 Prosecutor Accountability in 2023; and Brett Tolman served as a non-legislative member of the House Interim Study Committee on Criminal Justice Reform in 2023
  • In Oklahoma, H.B. 3316 Automated Expungement for Non-Violent Offenders in 2023 
  • In Louisiana, Scott Peyton currently serves on the state’s Violent Crime Task Force; Co-Chair of the Safe Alternatives to Segregation Task Force; and member of Gov. Landry’s Crime and Public Safety Transition Council


ROC uses the weight of our influence, voice, and expertise to craft common-sense policies, regardless of political affiliation. A few of ROC’s primary initiatives include:

ROC Executive Director and former U.S. Attorney Brett Tolman testified on Capitol Hill to the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime and Federal Government Surveillance about the weaponization of justice through overcriminalization -reminding lawmakers that the average American unknowingly commits three felonies a day with our government targeting citizens with impunity.
ROC Executive Director and former U.S. Attorney Brett Tolman sat down with Founder of Fourth Purpose, Josh Smith, to discuss his personal incarceration story, his passion in founding Fourth Purpose, and what it would take to create meaningful change in the criminal justice system.