Hinton argues that President Lyndon Johnson’s Great Society policies— which aimed at improving conditions for the most impoverished Americans — laid the foundation for mass incarceration and its attendant racial injustices.
Sentencing reform has strong support from the public, and a diverse group of conservatives, progressives, law enforcement leaders, economists, and more. It is time for Congress catch up, and take action that reflects the views of constituents.
Earlier this year, the Charles Colson Task Force called for sweeping changes to federal corrections policy that would reduce the federal role in mass incarceration. Lawmakers should follow the guidelines.