Michael Rushford is the Founder, President, and Chief Executive Officer of the
Criminal Justice Legal Foundation, a nonprofit, public interest law organization
dedicated to improving the administration of criminal justice.
Prior to forming the Foundation, Rushford served five years as Director of the
California Chamber of Commerce Anti-Crime Department, where he raised funds and produced
two award-winning statewide public service media campaigns, authored and helped gain
passage of a number of legislative proposals dealing with crime, and authored the Guide
to Crime Reduction, which has served as a model for anti-crime programs developed in
more than 200 communities across the country.
Rushford’s earlier employment included paid consulting and coordinating work for
statewide and Northern California political campaigns, production of Sacramento’s
1975 Easter Seal Telethon, and consultant to California’s Lieutenant Governor in
1972. He served six years in the United States Air Force Reserve, while attending
California State University, Sacramento.
Articles on crime and law enforcement, authored by Rushford, have been published in
virtually every major California newspaper and legal journal, several of the nation
’s major news publications, and the Congressional Record. He has been a
guest on the prime time television news broadcasts for NBC, ABC, CBS, PBS, the BBC,
and Fox as well local radio and television stations across the U.S.
The False Promise and Lethal Consequences of Releasing Inmates (2009)
The Social Benefits of Confining Habitual Criminals, Stanford Law and Policy Review,
Volume 11, Winter 1999, page 59.
Reinhardt's Lament, Los Angeles Daily Journal, July 18, 1996, page 6, col. 3.
Taking Crime Seriously: An Agenda for the Governor's Crime Summit, The Claremont
Institute, Golden State Center for Policy Studies, No. 1994—28.