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Tennessee’s recently passed truth in sentencing law centers around politics, not prevention | Opinion


Choosing to warehouse violent crime with no eye toward preventing future victimization may poll well but is not without its human and fiscal toll.

Guest Columnists Julie Warren, Tennessee State Director and Deputy Director of Right on Crime, a national initiative of the Texas Public Policy Foundation.

Patrick Plein, Deputy Director of the American Conservative Union Nolan Center for Justice and host of the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC).

Headlines of violent crime strike fear in the hearts of Tennesseans. Our leaders have a duty to combat the scourge of violence with strong leadership aimed at crime prevention, not political posturing. It is through prevention that success is measured — by victims never created, prison beds vacant for want of occupants, and billions of dollars not spent on revolving prison doors.

Investment in law enforcement is critical to prevention. Attempts to defund law enforcement amount to public safety being sacrificed on the altar of political agendas and must be rebuffed.

Gov. Bill Lee understood this assignment. While law enforcement was being vilified in parts of the country, Governor Lee used his State of the State address to invite them to Tennessee. Moreover, he called for the legislature to allocate “$150 million […]

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