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Default How Jim DeMint wants SC lawmakers to redefine ‘tough on crime’

How Jim DeMint wants SC lawmakers to redefine ‘tough on crime’

"The core of conservatism is the dignity of every individual and the value of every life. That’s why we talk about individual freedom, self-reliance and personal responsibility. Conservatives fight for limited government to preserve these sacred goals. And that’s why we care about prison reform. The values conservatives hold dear are jeopardized when prisons fail to deliver results. We owe it to victims, law enforcement and the citizens of our communities to act.

In 2010, South Carolina showed the nation how a conservative state can lead on criminal justice reform. Back then, we stood squarely at a crossroads. Our prison population was growing at an unsustainable rate, and we were forecasting the need to burden our taxpayers by building more prisons. We had to take action. The Palmetto State could go to an old playbook of tough on crime: incarcerate more, spend more and break an already strained budget. Or we could redefine what it means to be “tough on crime” by adopting smart policies aimed at keeping people safer, reintegrating citizens into the community and taming expensive correctional spending."

http://www.thestate.com/opinion/op-e...202932974.html
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