If estimates hold, the downturn in the overall crime rate will be similar to last year’s drop. Overall, despite upticks in 2015 and 2016, crime rates are still on a downward trend and have been since 1990.
The measure has the support of pivotal Republicans and Democrats in Congress, President Donald Trump’s senior White House advisors, and advocacy groups including the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law, and law enforcement groups.
In the face of outdated federal policy, this bill defends the ability and responsibility of states to create and test the best marijuana policies for the American people, and will decrease the number of people who are unnecessarily incarcerated.
After a delay, the House Judiciary Committee is scheduled to take up a prison reform bill backed by the White House but criticized by civil rights groups. Former Attorney General Eric Holder joins the Brennan Center in calling it a poor starting point in fixing the country’s broken justice system.
The partnership comes at a pivotal time in the fight for criminal justice reform as a growing number of elected prosecutors from across the country pursue reforms that address systemic injustices in our courts and prisons.