Following the big gains made by the Republican Party across the nation, Antipas Harris from the Christian Post wrote a piece articulating how newly elected officials need to seek new, effective criminal justice reforms and move away from an older criminal justice mindset. He said,
The headline of the 2014 midterm elections – and understandably so – was the dominating performance of the Republican Party in both federal and state races. As new officials prepare to take office, it is important that they not lose sight of an important lesson from Election Day: voters’ desire for smart criminal justice reform and their fatigue with empty tough on crime rhetoric.
Harris is optimistic regarding the right’s desire to implement a system that works better. He exclaimed,
It is deeply encouraging to see Christians join individuals across the political spectrum in the push for criminal justice reforms. The National Association of Evangelicals is working to reform mandatory minimums and also was a key player in combating the epidemic of prison rape in this country. Organizations such as Right on Crime, Prison Fellowship, and Conservatives Concerned about the Death Penalty have emerged to transform the conversation about criminal justice reform on the right.