• News
  • Celebrities
  • Finance
  • Crypto
  • Travel
  • Entertainment
  • Health
  • Others

ALEC Legislator of the Year Madden also a hit with ACLU for prison reforms

It’s hard to imagine the American Legislative Council — a free-market-backing marriage of state lawmakers and business — shares much of anything with the American Civil Liberties Union.

As Eric Bearse, a former speechwriter for Gov. Rick Perry said in the days before Perry’s prayer and fast rally last weekend, “Any time the ACLU is opposed to you, you must be doing something right.”

Image has not been found. URL: http://images.americanindependent.com/JerryMadden-150x150.jpgState Rep. Jerry Madden, R-Richardson

But the two groups have managed to find common ground in state Rep. Jerry Madden, R-Richardson.

At the close of its annual conference in New Orleans last Friday, ALEC named Madden its Legislator of the Year, an award given to lawmakers who, the organization said, have taken “a leadership role in advancing, introducing and/or enacting policies based on the fundamental Jeffersonian principles of free markets, limited government, federalism and individual liberty.”

ALEC’s other lawmaker of the year was Arizona state Sen. Nancy Barto, who supported a back-door abortion ban limiting access to abortions motivated by race or sex, and has sponsored industry-supported legislation to**open Arizona’s health insurance market to companies licensed in other states**.

But Madden’s zeal for shrinking government has been channeled into one area progressives would like to shrink too: Texas’ massive criminal justice system. In its announcement, ALEC lauded Madden’s work with state Sen. John Whitmire, D-Houston, to find “smart on crime” approaches to keep the state’s prison costs lower:

Owing to their joint success in changing the Texas tough “lock-em up and throw away the key” approach which didn’t deliver entirely constructive outcomes other than “construction” of more prisons, Whitmire and Madden were named by Governing magazine as one of eight Public Officials of the Year in 2010. As a consequence of probation and parole changes and investments in substance abuse treatment and similar diversion programs which began in 2007, a state prison will be closed for the first time in Texas history by the end of August.

Texas has become a national model for criminal justice reforms over the last four years, and an ACLU report released Tuesday named Madden among the prison reformers responsible for progress in recent years:

Bipartisan reforms in historically “tough on crime” states, including Texas, have significantly reduced incarceration rates, saved taxpayers billions of dollars, reduced crime rates and should be emulated nationwide.

“I am proud that Texas has made great strides in strengthening alternatives to incarceration for non-violent offenders,” said ACLU of Texas executive director Terri Burke in a statement. “It makes sense from a public health and safety standpoint, while saving Texas millions of dollars.”

**The report **quotes Madden before breaking down just how much money was saved by the reforms, introduced in 2007 as the “Whitmire/Madden Correctional Treatment and Diversion Plan.”

“We’re in the process of sharply turning the ship . . . to focus more on treatment of peoples’ problems so they can do their time and return to society as productive citizens,” the report quotes Madden in 2007. The series of new laws focused on increasing access to treatment and prison alternatives, which, according to the report, have kept 11,000 inmates out of Texas’ still-growing prison population.

Those reforms naturally appeal to small-government purists, too.

But as a series of recent stories have pointed out, the private prison giant Corrections Corporation of America has helped craft model bills for ALEC do exactly the opposite of what Madden and Whitmire have advocated: mandate tougher prison sentences and**expand police authority to arrest illegal immigrants like Arizona Senate Bill 1070**, which boost the demand for immigrant detention facilities.

Discussion & Comments (0)

    Recent Articles

    • Things You Should Know about North America

      Things You Should Know about North America

      Get to know more about North America.

    • Eurovision 2010 Paula Seling Unpredictable Contest

      Eurovision 2010 Paula Seling Unpredictable Contest

      Paula Seling's experience on the Eurovision stage led her to declare that "Eurovision is an unpredictable contest". Which may explain the success of the young Lena from Germany, about whom the predictions before the event did not offer much chances for victory.

    • VIPRow.me - The Best Sports Streaming Website Today

      VIPRow.me - The Best Sports Streaming Website Today

      Have you ever contemplated creating a user-friendly site dedicated to sports-related free live streaming channels?

    • Learn How To Download, Install, And Use The Xnxubd 2022 Frame App

      Learn How To Download, Install, And Use The Xnxubd 2022 Frame App

      XNXUBD 2022 Nvidia users are able to watch thousands of videos and other contents online. XNXUBD 2022 Nvidia New is a piece of software that enables people to watch videos online without having to pay for memberships. On a graphics card, the XNXubd also provides some of the best gaming and virtual reality experiences.

    • Xvideostudio Video Editor Apk Free Download For Pc Full Version In 2022

      Xvideostudio Video Editor Apk Free Download For Pc Full Version In 2022

      A new edition of the Video Editor Apk for xVideostudio.Video Studio has all the latest features, including support for multiple video download formats in HD, FHD, and even 4K resolutions.

    • 9 Best Lotion For Masturbation - Popular Choice For 2022

      9 Best Lotion For Masturbation - Popular Choice For 2022

      Masturbation is a common activity for men and women. It's a natural and risk-free way to explore your body, experience pleasure, and release sexual tension.

    • Reasons Why You Need To Stop Watching Movies From Sflix

      Reasons Why You Need To Stop Watching Movies From Sflix

      Without having to sign up or pay anything, you can watch movies online for free with SFlix. It has more than 10,000 movies and television shows.

    • Coi Leray Mom And Dad's Family History & Wife, Explained

      Coi Leray Mom And Dad's Family History & Wife, Explained

      Coi Leray Collins (born May 11, 1997) is a rapper from the United States. Leray started publishing songs to SoundCloud in 2014, and in 2018 she released her breakthrough track "Huddy" as well as her first mixtape, Everythingcoz.

    • Listen And Download Music On MyFreeMP3 For Free

      Listen And Download Music On MyFreeMP3 For Free

      Are you in a bind and looking for a place to obtain free mp3 songs? Never again will you need to bother, since this article has everything necessary to obtain your solution. Download free music from MyfreeMP3.com, one of the world's most popular websites.