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Laws 2015, 4(1), 107-124;

Examining the Conservative Shift from Harsh Justice

School of Criminal Justice, Texas State University, 601 University Drive, San Marcos, TX 78666, USA
These authors contributed equally to this work.
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Academic Editor: Robert Johnson
Received: 28 October 2014 / Revised: 13 January 2015 / Accepted: 10 March 2015 / Published: 19 March 2015
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Rough Justice: Penal Sanctions, Human Dignity, and Human Rights)
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Recently, a political shift has been observed, in that some political conservatives are now advocating, adjusting, or abandoning draconian drug laws, including mandatory minimums, and funding diversion, re-entry, and drug programs. Vocal proponents of this movement include Grover Norquist, Rand Paul, Edwin Meese, and Mark Levin, from the Texas Public Policy Council. Any movement away from the mass incarceration that has characterized the U.S. correctional policy for the last 30 years is welcomed; however, it is important to note carefully the philosophical foundation of the conservative’s interest in shifting correctional policy. This paper explores the potential factors contributing to this philosophical shift. View Full-Text
Keywords: mass incarceration; diversion; mandatory minimums; rehabilitation; conservative; punishment mass incarceration; diversion; mandatory minimums; rehabilitation; conservative; punishment

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Pollock, J.; Glassner, S.; Krajewski, A. Examining the Conservative Shift from Harsh Justice. Laws 2015, 4, 107-124.

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