Right On Crime, the national conservative criminal justice reform organization, expands its campaign footprint with a full-time presence in Virginia and North Carolina. The new state directors will advocate for evidenced-based solutions to the critical issues of reducing crime and recidivism, restoring victims’ rights, and creating safer and stronger communities.

Right On Crime Executive Director Brett Tolman said, “Expanding our Right On Crime campaign and sharing our data-driven solutions ensures principled, conservative voices remain engaged in criminal justice reform with support by a broad policy coalition in today’s polarized political environment. Our new state directors, Danny Murphy and Maggie Horzempa, exemplify the values of Right On Crime with a focus on public safety consistent with limited government and a belief in redemption.”

Danny Murphy is Right On Crime’s new state director for Virginia and West Virginia. Murphy is an experienced criminal litigator and former Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Virginia where he prosecuted cases involving fraud, child exploitation, and drug and weapons trafficking. Prior to this, Murphy spent 20 years as an officer in the U.S. Army, retiring at the rank of Lieutenant Colonel and recognized as the #1 trial attorney in the U.S. Army.

“Having spent most of my career as a criminal prosecutor, I strongly believe that the goals of our criminal justice system in preventing crime, protecting our citizens’ safety and liberty, holding offenders responsible for their crimes, and supporting victims are not mutually exclusive from the equally important goals of compassionate rehabilitation of non-violent offenders and our efforts to prepare criminal offenders to return to society as contributing, law-abiding citizens,” said Murphy. 

Right On Crime State Director of North Carolina, Maggie Horzempa, is a seasoned fundraiser for political campaigns and non-profits who graduated with honors from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Active in UNC’s conservative community, Horzempa conducted extensive ethics research within the UNC Parr Center for Ethics. Horzempa also serves as Development Manager for Right On Crime.

Horzempa said, “I am looking forward to working with the national network and resources of Right On Crime to further common-sense conservative criminal justice reform in the state of North Carolina.  It is possible to reduce crime, hold offenders accountable and protect victims all while being effective stewards of tax-payer dollars. Now, more than ever, we need to preserve public safety and hold our justice system accountable.”

Since its inception in Texas in 2007, Right On Crime has expanded full-time operations to twelve states, as well as the federal government. Well known for its employer reentry forums and initiatives like the Correctional Leadership Network and Prosecutorial Innovation in America, Right On Crime continues to be the leading resource for conservative criminal justice innovations.

For interview requests, please contact Tonya Kerr, Communications Director of Right On Crime.