Right On Crime announced its policy priorities in Texas as we look ahead to the 88th Texas Legislative Session in 2023. Many initiatives include reforms that build on the successes of past sessions with a profound adherence to the rule of law and public safety.

Texans’ Voice for Public Safety in Right On Crime’s Liberty Action Agenda

  1. Raise the burden of proof in civil asset forfeiture proceedings.
  2. Prohibit arrests for non-jailable offenses. 
  3. Protect constitutional rights in grand jury proceedings.
  4. Limit the application of the “Law of Parties” doctrine.
  5. Provide juvenile offenders a “Second Look” and a meaningful opportunity to re-enter society.
  6. Remove governmental barriers to reentering the workforce.
  7. Improve no-knock warrant procedures to protect law enforcement and the community.
  8. Raise the age of the juvenile court jurisdiction to improve public safety.
  9. Allow judges the ability to deny bail when there is a serious threat to public safety.

Read the full description of each policy priority below

“For more than a decade, Texas has made significant changes to improve our criminal justice system which reduced recidivism and saved taxpayer dollars…” “There is still much to be done, and Right on Crime is excited to continue to push for reforms that protect constitutional rights, improve public safety, and rehabilitate offenders.”

Nikki Pressley

“Texas is a role model for conservative criminal justice reforms that work while saving taxpayers billions of dollar…” “As more states realize the positive benefits these policy changes have on public safety and family preservation, conservatives in Texas will lead the way for meaningful change.”

~ Brett Tolman, Executive Director of Right On Crime and a former U.S. attorney.

Protecting constitutional rights and improving public safety are among the Top 10 initiatives of the Texas Public Policy Foundation’s 2023 TPPF Liberty Action Agenda.

To keep Texas a beacon of freedom, the state should raise the burden of proof in civil asset forfeiture proceedings, respect individual rights in grand jury proceedings, and allow judges the ability to deny bail when there is a serious threat to the public. Below are full descriptions of Right On Crime’s policy priorities in Texas.

“We will be working diligently all year to publish policy research, communications products, and polling, as well as holding educational events and building supportive communities all across the state…” “TPPF used all these tools in working with lawmakers last session to successfully pass more than 70 pieces of critical public policy legislation. We will continue to reach out and listen to the people of Texas, while building on our ongoing research, to achieve the same level of success in the 2023 session.”

~ Greg Sindelar, CEO of Texas Public Policy Foundation

Right On Crime, a national campaign of the Texas Public Policy Foundation, supports conservative solutions for reducing crime, restoring victims, reforming offenders, and lowering taxpayer costs.