President Trump's tough-on-crime rhetoric so far in office has largely echoed what he said throughout the campaign. But, there have been some positive indicators that criminal justice reform may still be possible under the new administration.
The urgent need for these commonsense reforms should transcend partisan politics, and Sens. Grassley, Durbin, and Speaker Ryan should be commended for their leadership and support of the Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act.
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.