Friday, December 17, 2010

Right on Crime ... on the Right

If you haven't seen it yet, we suggest you click on over to Right on Crime, a new project, blog, and website launched by the conservative Texas Public Policy Foundation.  Right on Crime (ROC)'s Statement of Principles explains why it feels the need to get conservatives involved in criminal justice and sentencing reform:

Conservatives correctly insist that government services be evaluated on whether they produce the best possible results at the lowest possible cost, but too often this lens of accountability has not focused as much on public safety policies as other areas of government. As such, corrections spending has expanded to become the second fastest growing area of state budgets—trailing only Medicaid.
Conservatives are known for being tough on crime, but we must also be tough on criminal justice spending. That means demanding more cost-effective approaches that enhance public safety. A clear example is our reliance on prisons, which serve a critical role by incapacitating dangerous offenders and career criminals but are not the solution for every type of offender. And in some instances, they have the unintended consequence of hardening nonviolent, low-risk offenders—making them a greater risk to the public than when they entered. 
In the words of this analysis of the ROC from The Crime Report, "Conservatives advocate for this kind of accountability in nearly every other area of government. Why not criminal justice?"

Why not, indeed?  Read FAMM's response to the new ROC right here.

FAMM is a nonpartisan organization, and we've never believed that sentencing reform is a liberal or conservative issue -- it's an issue for all Americans and all parties, and the costs of excessive and ineffective sentencing policies (both human and fiscal) are too high to keep ignoring. We welcome the ROC into the sentencing reform fray.