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About ACUF

Our Mission

To inform and mobilize public support for criminal justice reforms based on conservative principles, and to work with government officials to effectively implement those reforms.


The Center partners with the Right on Crime coalition, Prison Fellowship Ministries, the American Legislative Exchange Council, FreedomWorks, the Charles Koch Institute, and other organizations that pursue criminal justice reform from a conservative perspective. In addition, we regularly work with leaders in the Conservative movement such as Grover Norquist of Americans for Tax Reform, President Reagan’s Attorney General Ed Meese, former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich, former Secretary of Education Bill Bennett, Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council, Tim Head of the Faith and Freedom Coalition, and Penny Nance of Concerned Women of America.


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Community Corrections and Clean Slates: Ideas States Can Undertake on Their Policy Plates

At the 2020 ALEC ‘virtual meeting,’ ACUF hosted a panel on community corrections and how clean slate laws better provide for second chances for individuals with a criminal history. Panelists included David Safavian from the American Conservative Union, as well as York County, Pennsylvania District Attorney David Sunday and Pennsylvania Representative Sheryl Delozier.

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Second Chances

The Center for Criminal Justice Reform regularly hosts panels on Justice Reform each year at the Conference. CPAC 2018 featured an enlightening conversation on Second Chances and the Conservative Case for reform with ACUF’s Pat Nolan and Rep. Mark Walker (R-NC), Chairman of the Republican Study Committee.