Right on Crime, a prominent conservative justice reform initiative, supported the law, which was drafted by a partnership of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund and a group of Stanford University law professors.
How prominent is Right on Crime? Its signatories include former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and anti-tax activist Grover Norquist.
Cash-strapped states and small-government conservatives appreciate measures that can save money without increasing crime rates. Alternative sentencing for small-time offenders and drug rehabilitation for nonviolent drug offenders make great fiscal sense and reduce the abuses that the Legal Defense Fund fights against.
But Norquist has long built coalitions around a simple but critically important concept: Don't let ideological differences on other issues stop you from cooperating wherever your interests overlap.
It's refreshing to see ideological opposites find ways to get things done. It's too bad the political left and right haven't been getting things done that smoothly in Washington.
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