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On criminal justice, the late president's legacy is shaped by Willie Horton and Clarence Thomas
But many unresolved questions remain
New legislation would address several laws responsible for increasing racial disparities in our prison system
Australia and New Zealand point the way by incentivizing companies to reduce recidivism rates
Voters elected a slew of diverse prosecutors who better reflect the communities they serve, and who promised to do their part to move away from policies that perpetuate mass incarceration.
On bipartisan sentencing reform legislation, policing, marijuana, and much else, there's a chance for progress
Key Republicans, including the president, have pushed for sentencing reform. But they need to go a little further.
Winning ballot measures will re-enfranchise voters and end a Jim Crow-era jury law
It would mark a crucial first step toward reducing federal mass incarceration
Though the president supports some criminal justice reform, his rhetoric works against that effort