There are reports the Trump administration is planning dramatic cuts to the budget, including DOJ's Civil Rights Division. That raises troubling questions about the incoming administration’s commitment to protecting citizens’ ballot access.
The Democrats are behaving like a traditional opposition party. The effect is to “normalize” Donald Trump. It will be up to the press and advocacy groups to show how far outside democratic norms Trump falls.
In 2015, the prison population fell by a little over 2 percent, with similar decreases in the jail, probation and parole populations. It marked the largest drop in the incarceration rate in over 45 years.
By improving the contracts with private prisons and changing the incentives, we can make them more accountable and hopefully more effective in curbing the endless cycle of arrests and incarceration that plague our criminal justice system.