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March 7, 2014--In a thought-provoking session on criminal justice reform, participants discussed "the conservative solution to an overreaching legal system."  Participating were Gov. Rick Perry (TX); Grover Norquist, president of Americans for Tax Reform; former New York City Police Commissioner Bernard Kerik; and Pat Nolan, vice president of Prison Fellowship and a former member of the California State Assembly, acting as moderator.  They discussed such ideas as sentences that fit the crime, second chances, requiring prison systems to provide vocational training, and providing mentors.  One of the participants noted that, "Prisons are going to be used as a training ground one way or another."  Nolan said that, "Not only is it a moral decision, it's a good business decision."  He said the issue gives conservatives "a chance to show we can provide solutions to a vexing problem."

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