He successfully stole the "War on Crime" idea and added it into his campaign, and rode it all the way to victory in the White House.
However, Clinton soon put his money where his mouth was, and showed just how tough on crime he was going to be during his Presidency. Throughout the entirety of Clinton's administration he "consistently supported increased penalties and additional prison construction. The Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994 provided state and municipal governments with $30 billion to add 100,000 new police officers, to build more prisons, and to employ more prison guards, as well as funding for crime prevention programs". This was just the start of Clinton showing how he was going to continue his programs against crime in our country.
Another potentially surprising figure is that during Clinton's reign as President, 225,000 more jail inmates were put into prisons than during Regan's administration. Clinton took what was considered a more Republican ideal, and turned it swiftly to benefit his campaign, and he also came through with the promises he made during his time in office.
Also, by "signing the Violent Crime Control Act and Law Enforcement Act of 1994, which provided prison construction funds to the states, President Clinton's policies had already helped shift funds from higher ed