JACKSON, Miss.— Brett Tolman, Executive Director of the conservative criminal justice reform organization Right on Crime, announces the expansion of its campaign to have a full-time presence in Mississippi, with Scott Peyton as the State Director.  “While we know there are issues that need immediate attention in Mississippi, such as prison overcrowding, there are tremendous advocates on the ground like Empower MS and others who we look forward to lending our conservative, data-driven approach to their efforts to make positive changes that will not compromise public safety,” said Tolman.

Since 2007, Right On Crime has expanded its full-time operations in states across the nation, with Mississippi being the latest battleground for conservative criminal justice reform.

“In my role as the Mississippi State Director, I will draw upon my experience as a former probation and parole officer,” said Peyton. “To make Mississippi reentry ready, I will engage employers in second-chance hiring, but also advocate for successful reentry policies and programs that have already proven successful in other states. The task of building and implementing a successful reentry program is not easy, but we can, and we must, undertake this effort to create a safer Mississippi.”

As Right on Crime’s State Director, Scott will immediately begin advocating for evidence-based solutions to Mississippi’s most critical issues, such as prison overcrowding, and reentry programs for parolees designed to encourage second-chance hiring and reduce recidivism. Right On Crime will begin hosting Employer Engagement Forums throughout Mississippi to highlight existing stakeholders already at work in communities across the state, and to build a network dedicated to second chance hiring.