We can be “tough on crime and the bottom line,” says Right on Crime


BATON ROUGE, La. – Right on Crime, an openly conservative initiative of the Texas Public Policy Foundation, has launched a campaign for criminal justice reform in Louisiana. Citing Louisiana’s incarceration rate, the nation’s highest, and the need for fiscal restraint, Right on Crime held a telephone press conference on Thursday to promote its policies.

“One in every 55 adults in Louisiana is in prison,” said Kevin Kane, president of the Pelican Institute for Public Policy and a participant in the press conference. “Clearly, it’s time to demand results from our criminal justice system – results that include increased public safety, decreased recidivism, and responsible spending. Right on Crime’s road-map is what the Bayou State needs to get our criminal justice system back on track.”

A reduction in recidivism is the central focus of Right on Crime’s initiative, as “both a moral imperative and a requirement for public safety,” reads the website. The initiative also emphasizes the role of victims, since they have a greater incentive than public officials to see that restitution occurs.

Click here to to listen to the Right on Crime press conference, and here for an overview of the Louisiana campaign.

Fergus Hodgson is the capitol bureau reporter with the Pelican Institute for Public Policy. He can be contacted at fhodgson@pelicanpolicy.org, and one can follow him on twitter.