Who We Are

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 hosts panels on Criminal Justice Reform each year at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC). At the 2017 CPAC, David A. Keene of The Washington Times, Former U.S. Attorney Sidney Powell, and Kevin Ring of Families Against Mandatory Minimums joined Pat Nolan in a lively discussion on the unchecked power of the prosecutor in our Justice system during a panel titled Prosecutors Gone Wild. A second panel, titled Conservatives Leading the Way on Criminal Justice Reform in State Capitals, featured Louisiana State Rep. Julie Emerson, Right on Crime's Marc Levin, our director Pat Nolan, and Ronald Lampard of the American Legislative Exchange Council. This panel highlighted the outstanding results that Republican led states have enjoyed since implementing conservative criminal justice reforms over the past decade.

The Center partners with the Right on Crime coalition, Prison Fellowship Ministries, the American Legislative Exchange Council, the Charles Koch Institute, and other organizations that pursue criminal justice reform from a conservative perspective. In addition, we regularly work with leaders in the Conservative movement such as Grover Norquist of Americans for Tax Reform, President Reagan’s Attorney General Ed Meese, former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich, former Secretary of Education Bill Bennett, Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council, Tim Head of the Faith and Freedom Coalition, Penny Nance of Concerned Women of America, and Jason Pye of FreedomWorks.