Vikrant Reddy, senior research fellow at the Charles Koch Institute, explored the origins of conservative support for criminal justice reform in an interview with MTV News:
I think it depends on the kind of conservative you’re talking to. … I think the law and order conservatives started to get very concerned about the [prison return] rates. … And I think the social conservatives … you have a cohort of people who said, ‘We claim to be the party of family and community,’ and yet there are families and communities in this country where a third of all of these young fathers are locked up behind bars. And it’s inconsistent to claim that we’re family and community if we’re not engaging with that issue.