Where the Right Went Wrong on Criminal Justice 1

This is a decent enough article as far as it goes, but it fails to address the real elephant in the room, i.e. that mass incarceration results from too many laws and the overly broad definition of “crime.”

By Arthur Rizer and Lar Trautman

The American Conservative

Editor’s Note: This is the first in a collaborative series with the R Street Institute exploring conservative approaches to criminal justice reform.

Conservatism is not a monolith. There is no one way to be a conservative, think like a conservative, or define the conservative outlook. But there are certain bedrock principles of those on the Right: limited government, economic responsibility, and a belief that our Founding Fathers laid out sacrosanct rights in our Constitution. A firm belief in the importance of family, morality, and, for some, faith has generally guided the application of these principles. While no party can represent the whole of conservatism, the Republican Party’s role as the dominant right-of-center force in modern American politics makes it a good place to take ideological temperatures on the Right.

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One comment

  1. The elephant in the room is dispirate impact and whether or not it is due to bias (left theory) or average behavior (right theory). Even if the laws were strictly limited to the prohibition against theft, murder, and rape, incarceration would be a majority minority phenomenon. The historic alternatives are expulsion (no longer viable due to wide spread and cheap international transit), penal colonies, and death. To suggest none of these is moral due to dispirate impact is to implicitly support violent expropriation.

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