Our Mission: To inform and mobilize public support for criminal justice reforms based on conservative principles, and to work with government officials to effectively implement those reforms.

The Center for Criminal Justice Reform was established by the American Conservative Union Foundation to provide leadership for the growing conservative consensus that our criminal justice system is badly broken, and that there are proven, conservative reforms that will keep the public safe while restraining costs.

The Center raises public awareness of conservative criminal justice reforms through opinion pieces, media interviews, briefing papers, and testifying as expert witnesses at government hearings. We also assist legislators and leaders of government agencies in applying conservative principles as they craft solutions to crime and justice issues.

The Center offers a panel on Criminal Justice each year at the Conservative Political Action Conference. At the 2014 CPAC Governor Rick Perry of Texas, Grover Norquist of Americans for Tax Reform, and former NYPD Commissioner Bernard Kerik participated with Pat Nolan in a lively discussion on the success of reforms adopted in several states.

The Center partners with the Texas Public Policy Foundation and Prison Fellowship Ministries in the Right on Crime campaign, an effort that includes conservative leaders such as President Reagan’s Attorney General Ed Meese, former Speaker Newt Gingrich, former Secretary of Education Bill Bennett, Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council, Ralph Reed of the Faith and Family Coalition, and Penny Nance of Concerned Women of America.

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Pew Public Safety Performance Project - Excellent source for data-driven, fiscally sound policies and practices in the criminal and juvenile justice systems that protect public safety, hold offenders accountable, and control corrections costs.

Right on Crime - Prominent Conservative leaders working to make sensible and proven reforms to our criminal justice system - policies that will cut prison costs while keeping the public safe.

Heritage Foundation, Edwin Meese III Center for Legal and Judicial Studies - Excellent source for Information about overcriminalization and its impact on American society.

American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) - Advocates solutions that refocus criminal justice resources on dangerous offenders and put the right programs in place to hold non-violent offenders accountable while providing them with the resources they need to become contributing members of society. The Justice Performance Project focuses on three key areas: Corrections and Reentry, Pretrial Release and Overcriminalization.

CATO Institute - Libertarian perspective on criminal laws and their impact on a free society

Justice Fellowship - The criminal justice reform arm of Prison Fellowship. JF works to reform the justice system to reflect traditional principles of restorative justice.

National Reentry Resource Center - Provides education, training, and technical assistance to states, tribes, territories, local governments, service providers, non-profit organizations, and corrections institutions working on prisoner reentry.

Vera Institute of Justice - Advocates criminal justice policies that promote fairness, protect public safety, and ensure that resources are used efficiently.

Families Against Mandatory Minimums - Advocates criminal sentences that are individualized, humane, and sufficient to impose fair punishment and protect public safety.

Sentencing Project - Works for a fair and effective U.S. criminal justice system by promoting reforms in sentencing policy, addressing unjust racial disparities and practices, and advocating for alternatives to incarceration.

The ACU Foundation seeks to educate the next generation of conservative leaders by providing them the intellectual tools necessary to learn about the conservative movement, its leaders, its leading organization and especially its principles.