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The U.S. Justice Department announced last week it will be phasing out the use of private prisons, with the eventual goal of ending the Federal Bureau of Prison’s use of privately operated facilities.
Black incarceration is declining. But not nearly fast enough to make much of a difference.
It has been well documented that youth do not fare well in the adult justice system. Placing them in it can have long-term implications for their future success.
This week, President Obama commuted the sentences of 214 federal inmates. It could have been more than 5,000.
It is now widely accepted knowledge that America’s prison population is unsustainable and embarrassingly high, at nearly 2.3 million people.
In a single brief sentence, Clinton broke one of America’s oldest political taboos and called for criminal justice reform.
There are frameworks for successful reform. We should use them.
They embrace new stances on critical issues facing our country, breaking with past party orthodoxy.
There have been ups and downs over the past few decades, but since 1990, crime has fallen by 66 percent in major cities.
The Republican platform on criminal justice reform isn't great, but it's a vast improvement over the tough-on-crime rhetoric of the 20th century.