Conservatives Join to Think Outside the Cell

Texas Public Policy Foundation Launches Right on Crime

Right on Crime campaign launches with endorsements from conservative leaders, including Newt Gingrich, Edwin Meese III, and Grover Norquist
Washington, D.C. – Former U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich, former U.S. Attorney General Edwin Meese III, and Americans for Tax Reform President Grover Norquist are among more than 20 national conservative leaders who have signed of a new conservative statement of principles on criminal justice reform.

The  statement of principles was unveiled today as part of the debut of Right on Crime, an initiative spearheaded by the Texas Public Policy Foundation to reform criminal justice policy based on long-standing conservative principles such as accountability, limited government, and fiscal responsibility.

“For too long, conservatives have allowed more money and more prisons to be the default solution to our public safety challenges,” said Brooke Rollins, president of the Texas Public Policy Foundation. “As we do in every other facet of government, the Right needs to hold the criminal justice system accountable for how it spends our tax dollars. The reforms that are part of the Right on Crime program have been proven to reduce crime while saving money.”

Today’s launch featured a roundtable discussion with Right on Crime signatories Grover Norquist (Americans for Tax Reform), David Keene (American Conservative Union), Pat Nolan (Prison Fellowship), and Brooke Rollins (Texas Public Policy Foundation). The campaign grounds itself in the basics of conservatism: personal responsibility, free enterprise, limited government, and family. Using a model that has been successful in Texas since 2005, Right on Crime promotes data-driven solutions that are proven to restore victims, decrease the number of repeat offenders, and save taxpayer dollars.

“Being a tough-on-crime conservative doesn’t mean the only way to punish people is to ‘lock them up and throw away the key,'” said Pat Nolan, vice president of Prison Fellowship. “Doing that is busting state budgets across the US. The criminal justice system is broken. Right on Crime’s solutions are right on budgets, right on offender rehabilitation, and right on victim restoration. This is exactly the sort of innovative, win-win policy reform we need.  It cuts spending and reduces crime.”

For more information on Right on Crime, visit or view the campaign’s Statement of Principles at .

The conservative leaders below and initial signers of the Statement of Principles are:

  • Newt Gingrich, ChairmanAmerican Solutions for Winning the Future
  • Grover Norquist, President-Americans for Tax Reform
  • Edwin Meese III, former U.S. Attorney General
  • Asa Hutchinson, former U.S. Attorney and federal “Drug Czar”
  • Pat Nolan, Vice President-Prison Fellowship
  • David Keene, Chairman-American Conservative Union
  • Richard Viguerie,
  • Chuck Colson, Founder-Prison Fellowship Ministries
  • Brooke Rollins, President-Texas Public Policy Foundation
  • Paul Gessing, President-Rio Grande Foundation
  • Tony Perkins, President-Family Research Council
  • George Liebmann, Executive Director-Calvert Institute for Policy Research, Inc.
  • Rabbi Daniel Lapin, Co-Chair-American Alliance of Jews and Christians
  • Kelly McCutchen, Trustee-Georgia Public Policy Foundation
  • Penny Nance, CEO-Concerned Women for America
  • Ward Connerly, Founder and Chairman-American Civil Rights Institute and former Regent of University of California
  • John J. DiIulio, Jr., Frederic Fox Leadership Professor-University of Pennsylvania
  • Kevin Kane, President-Pelican Institute for Public Policy
  • Bob Williams, President-State Budget Solutions
  • J. Robert McClure III, President and CEO-James Madison Institute
  • Gary Palmer, President-Alabama Policy Institute
  • Matt Mayer, President-Buckeye Institute for Public Policy Solutions
  • Viet Dinh, Professor of Law-Georgetown University Law Center and former U.S. Assistant Attorney General
  • John McCollister, Executive Director-Platte Institute
  • Michael Carnuccio, President-Oklahoma Council of Public Affairs

About Right on Crime
Right on Crime provides conservative principled solutions that are proven to reduce crime, lower costs and restore victims. Right on Crime is a national initiative led by the Center for Effective Justice at the Texas Public Policy Foundation, one of the nation’s leading state-based conservative think tanks. The initiative aims to raise awareness and grow support for effective criminal justice reforms within the conservative movement. This project will share research and policy ideas, mobilize conservative leaders, and work to raise public awareness. For more information, please visit .

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