Bipartisan momentum has been building for years, and a new pro-active agenda by the Brennan Center offers solutions that would keep crime rates low, provide support for law enforcement, and reduce the federal prison population.
The move reverses an Obama-era order that aimed to reduce over-charging, and reinstates more aggressive practices of the past that put people behind bars unnecessarily, wasted government resources, and had little public safety benefit.
Trump has painted a dark portrait of America, using archaic rhetoric and misleading or false statistics. This analysis looks at what he and his team have done so far to address crime and justice, and what the country can expect ahead.
The new commission correctly focuses on treatment, not prison, for America's drug problem. But other plans to vigorously enforce drug and marijuana crimes could resurrect outdated, ineffective, and wasteful policies.
Sessions’ aggressive stance on crime, based on misleading statistics, shows we could be headed toward policies like another ‘war on drugs.’ This was a major factor in making the United States the world’s number one jailer.
The Brennan Center released two analyses ahead of Sen. Jeff Sessions confirmation hearing to be the next Attorney General. They cover Sessions's civil rights record and highlight a past scandal that should serve as a cautionary tale.