The Heartland Institute’s Steve Stanek interviews Vikrant Reddy, from the Right on Crime Initiative of the Texas Public Policy Foundation, to discuss alternative conservative approaches to incarceration. The United States has the highest prison population, which Reddy raises and answers the questions ‘why did it get so bad’ and ‘how is it being fixed’?
The typical conservative response has upheld the policy of ‘lock ‘em up and throw away the key’ for offenders. This response of incarceration has not deterred crime and has wasted valuable resources because the prison population has not decreased. Reddy stresses the importance of a more effective judicial system to deter punishment by implementing an immediacy of punishment.
Progress has been made on the state level to deter and decrease crime and the prison population in Texas and Hawaii. In Hawaii, the HOPE initiative has an 80% success rate that uses public health oriented solutions. Listen to more detailed responses of Vikrant Reddy here.
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