For more than 40 years, conservatives have been associated with “get tough” anti-crime policies, including stiff mandatory minimum sentencing laws. Today, however, a new generation of conservative leaders is promoting a new approach that is tough on crime without being tough on taxpayers. Right-leaning governors and state legislators have championed reforms that have reduced both crime and prison populations at the same time.
Now the debate has shifted to Washington. Will conservatives lead the fight for smarter criminal justice policies? Three conservatives who experienced federal prison firsthand shared their views on why conservatives are championing reforms that improve public safety and reduce costs in an event this week on Capitol Hill. Speakers included FAMM’s Kevin Ring, Washington Times’ David Keene, American Conservative Union’s Pat Nolan, Former New York City Police Commissioner Bernard Kerik, and special guest Congressman Jim Sensenbrenner (R-WI), Chair of the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security, and Investigations. [READ FULL ARTICLE]