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Christian Conservatives, Republicans, and Rethinking “Tough on Crime” and Criminal Justice Reform

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Success and dominance in American politics has, in recent decades, required being “tough on crime.” The 2000’s began to see significant rethinking of this often crude and “one size fits all” position, such as the rhetorical move from being tough on crime to being “smart on crime” (e.g. the Obama administration) or “right on crime” (e.g. Texas Public Policy Foundation). These shifts both signal and reinforce reconfigurations of hegemonic American ideas about crime, justice, budgets, and punishment. This paper identifies rising and growing challenges to mass imprisonment from Christian Conservatives and members of the Republican Party. At least three key sets of sources will be used for this paper:
(i) Socio-historical analyses of Republican and Christian Conservative rhetoric and platforms regarding crime and punishment e.g. the 1994 Contract with America, George W. Bush’s 2001 inaugural speech, to Newt Gingrich and Pat Nolan’s 2011 call to reduce the use of prisons and expand community-based treatment and corrections, among others.
(ii) A case study demonstrating how sixty self-defined Christian Conservatives reconsidered previous policy positions regarding sentencing once availed of accurate information about sentencing practices.
(iii) Interviews with key policy makers concerning sentencing, criminal justice policy, and law.
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Buntman, Fran. "Christian Conservatives, Republicans, and Rethinking “Tough on Crime” and Criminal Justice Reform" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the ASC Annual Meeting, Washington Hilton, Washington, DC, Nov 15, 2011 <Not Available>. 2014-11-25 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p517822_index.html>

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Buntman, F. , 2011-11-15 "Christian Conservatives, Republicans, and Rethinking “Tough on Crime” and Criminal Justice Reform" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the ASC Annual Meeting, Washington Hilton, Washington, DC <Not Available>. 2014-11-25 from http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p517822_index.html

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Abstract: Success and dominance in American politics has, in recent decades, required being “tough on crime.” The 2000’s began to see significant rethinking of this often crude and “one size fits all” position, such as the rhetorical move from being tough on crime to being “smart on crime” (e.g. the Obama administration) or “right on crime” (e.g. Texas Public Policy Foundation). These shifts both signal and reinforce reconfigurations of hegemonic American ideas about crime, justice, budgets, and punishment. This paper identifies rising and growing challenges to mass imprisonment from Christian Conservatives and members of the Republican Party. At least three key sets of sources will be used for this paper:
(i) Socio-historical analyses of Republican and Christian Conservative rhetoric and platforms regarding crime and punishment e.g. the 1994 Contract with America, George W. Bush’s 2001 inaugural speech, to Newt Gingrich and Pat Nolan’s 2011 call to reduce the use of prisons and expand community-based treatment and corrections, among others.
(ii) A case study demonstrating how sixty self-defined Christian Conservatives reconsidered previous policy positions regarding sentencing once availed of accurate information about sentencing practices.
(iii) Interviews with key policy makers concerning sentencing, criminal justice policy, and law.


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