It’s time to apply the conservative values of fiscal responsibility to the criminal justice system, the Center for Effective Justice’s Marc Levin tells Newsmax.TV. That approach could reduce crime and turn more offenders into productive taxpayers, says Levin, whose work for the justice center sparked the Right on Crime project.
“What we really want to do is kind of move from a system that grows when it fails to one that rewards results and the results we want is lower crime, restitution for victims, reforming offenders, more offenders being productive taxpayers holding a job and meeting their obligations,” Levin said during an exclusive interview with Newsmax.TV at the recent Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington.
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The Right on Crime project is part of the Texas Public Policy Foundation, a research institute in Austin that supports limited government, personal responsibility, private property rights, free markets, and individual liberty.
The foundation advocates applying the same scrutiny to the criminal justice system that is given to other government programs. If, for example, “probation or drug courts can work for a nonviolent offender and cost us a lot less then that’s something we want to pursue,” Levin said. “We know we do need prisons for those that are dangerous the violent criminals we are really afraid of.”
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