Published Date: 
Wed, 2014-05-21

Washington, D.C. – The American Conservative Union Foundation (ACUF) announced the new Center for Criminal Justice Reform, with nationally recognized leader Pat Nolan serving as its inaugural director. The announcement coincides with the Right on Crime National Leadership Summit, today in Washington, DC.

Nolan has been a leading voice on criminal justice reform, highlighting the skyrocketing costs of prison, fiscal responsibility in the criminal justice system and reforms for non-violent offenders. He moderated a prominent panel at CPAC 2014 on prison reform, featuring Texas Gov. Rick Perry that received widespread media attention. He is a leader of the Right on Crime project— a national movement of conservative leaders supporting sensible and proven reforms to our criminal justice system.

In recognition of the conservative push for reforms, ACUF has established the Center to inform and mobilize public support for criminal justice reforms based on conservative principles. The Center will work with government officials to ensure that these reforms are effectively implemented.

“Criminal Justice reform has become a top issue for conservatives and we are proud to have Pat Nolan, a nationally recognized leader leading our Center,” said Carly Fiorina, Chairman of ACUF. He brings experience as a legislator and expertise in criminal law. We are looking forward to his leadership of the Foundation’s first dedicated policy center.”

“Conservative governors and legislators are now demanding fiscal accountability from prisons just as they do of other departments. In recent years, several states have made remarkable progress in cutting prison costs, saving billions without compromising public safety,” said David Keene, a member of ACUF’s Board of Directors. “Pat has been instrumental in Right on Crime’s success in state policy. His credibility will be invaluable to ACUF’s efforts.”

Nolan served 15 years as a member of the California Assembly, four of them as Assembly Republican Leader. He was named Legislator of the Year by the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) and received the “Victims Advocate Award” from Parents of Murdered Children. Pat served as a member of the National Prison Rape Elimination Commission, was a member of the Commission on Safety and Abuse in America’s Prisons. He worked alongside Chuck Colson for fifteen years as President of Justice Fellowship, helping draft and pass such important reforms as the Prison Rape Elimination Act, the Second Chance Act, and the Fair Sentencing Act.

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