The The Texas Crime Initiative 

It led the way to justice reform in states across the nation.


"Though Jerry Madden had no prior background in corrections or law enforcement, he helped change the course of both fields. Madden was serving in the Texas House in 2005 when he got called into the speaker’s office. Speaker Tom Craddock, a fellow conservative Republican, told Madden he would be chairing the corrections committee. Madden asked Craddock what he should do. Craddock uttered eight words that changed Madden’s life and altered the course of American corrections policy: “Don’t build new prisons, they cost too much.”

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Jerry Madden: Conservative Principles & Victories in Criminal Justice Reform
Utah Right on Crime primer with Jerry Madden and Mark Levin

Jerry Madden

Published on Aug 15, 2014

At the 2014 RedState Gathering in Fort Worth, Texas, Right on Crime Senior Policy Analyst Vikrant Reddy spoke with Former Texas House Corrections Chairman Jerry Madden about his involvement in criminal justice reform in Texas and about his subsequent national work with the Right on Crime 

texas house of representatives, former chair of corrections
right on crime, senior fellow

Published on Jan 15, 2015

Jerry Madden, the 20-year Texas state legislator who spearheaded criminal justice reform in his state, and Mark Levin, policy director for Right on Crime, joined Sutherland Institute Public Policy Director Derek Monson for a discussion about criminal justice reform efforts in Utah.

We Can Be Both Smart and Tough on Crime