Reduce Jail and Prison Populations

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We have 2.3 million American adults incarcerated in prisons and jails nationwide. That means more than 1 in 100 adults is now behind bars in America, by far the highest rate of any nation. Prisons and jails in the United States have become overcrowded. And as they get stretched thin, they offer fewer programs aimed at rehabilitation.

Where Hillary Clinton Stands on Criminal Justice Reform

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March 26, 2015 We’re taking a look at where the 2016 Presidential Candidates stand on justice reform. See how the rest of them stack up. As First Lady, Hillary Clinton called for tougher sentencing laws while lobbying for President Bill Clinton’s 1994 omnibus crime bill. During the 2016 campaign, she has spoken about the need for reform on sentencing, mass incarceration, and drug laws. On sentencing and corrections reform: In the 1990s as First Lady, Clinton called for tougher prison sentences for repeat violent offenders, while lobbying for President Bill Clinton’s 1994 Violent Crime Control Act that increased funding for additional cops and extra prisons and imposed tougher prison sentences. …

Where Donald Trump Stands on Criminal Justice Reform

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March 26, 2015 We’re taking a look at where the 2016 Presidential Candidates stand on justice reform. See how the rest of them stack up. In the past, Donald Trump has downplayed concerns about the incarceration rate. More recently, he has been vocal about letting the police do their job to prevent violent crimes. On sentencing and corrections reform: In August 2015 on MSNBC’s Morning Joe, Donald Trump said, in terms of violent offenses, “we have to get a lot tougher” and allow law enforcement to “do their job the way they know how to do it, they will stop the onslaught of crime in this country.” On non-violent crimes, Trump …

Where Ted Cruz Stands on Criminal Justice Reform

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March 26, 2015 We’re taking a look at where the 2016 Presidential Candidates stand on justice reform. See how the rest of them stack up. Ted Cruz has proposed policies to scrub the federal code of redundant crimes and reduce harsh sentencing for nonviolent offenders. On sentencing reform: According to the National Review, Cruz co-sponsored legislation with Senator Paul that was passed retroactively by Congress in 2010 to reduce crack sentencing and cut mandatory minimum sentences for various drug offenses in half. In February 2015, Senator Ted Cruz co-sponsored the bipartisan Smarter Sentencing Act, which would give judges more discretion in sentencing non-violent drug offenders. According to the Hill, “The bill …

Where John Kasich Stands on Criminal Justice Reform

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March 26, 2015 We’re taking a look at where the 2016 Presidential Candidates stand on justice reform. See how the rest of them stack up. As governor, Kasich supported efforts to help non-violent ex-offenders get jobs and has supported sentencing reform bills. On sentencing reform: In 2011, John Kasich signed a sentencing reform bill that gave judges the distraction to send non-violent fourth- and fifth-degree felons to community-based halfway-house facilities instead of prison. The bill also increased the earned credit system so that inmates can more quickly earn reductions of their sentences, and allows some felons who have already served 80 percent of their time to be immediately released. In 2000, …