Mass incarceration is a racial justice issue — and an economic one, too. But it also poses a growing threat to women and families. Today, there are 1.2 million women behind bars, or on probation or parole — 730 percent more than in 1980.
Sessions’s directive goes far beyond reason and risks reigniting the same, misguided “war on drugs” that brought the nation’s criminal justice system to this crisis point, without doing anything to enhance public safety.
A bill that would give federal judges more discretion in sentencing was immediately resurrected by lawmakers after Attorney General Jeff Sessions returned the Justice Department to archaic, "tough-on-crime" policies of the past.
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.