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  • The merits of criminal justice reform

    Too often the debate about criminal justice reform has deteriorated into knee-jerk, quick fixes designed only to address a statistic or to minimize accountability for those who run afoul of our laws. Real reform requires changes far bolder — make naturally expiring laws, be transparent in sentencing, expunge outdated records ...


  • Reforming the criminal justice system

    On May 22, the House of Representatives managed to pass the First Step Act prison reform by a vote of 360 to 59, an unheard of margin in today's deeply divided Congress. The bill is a long-overdue attempt to at least begin to reform the way those caught up in ...