April 25, 2016
USJAN Executive Director Holly Harris joined Frances Rivera on MSNBC to discuss how criminal justice reform is becoming a key issue in the race for the White House.
Holly pointed out that momentum for reforms at the federal level continues to grow and bipartisan support remains high. To emphasize this point, she highlighted the Republican National Committee’s approval this week of a resolution in favor of policies that safely reduce the prison population. She also drew attention to the prominence of criminal justice reform issues in the Democratic race as further evidence of the widespread bipartisan support for reforms across the country.
On the 2016 race: “It’s interesting candidates on both sides of the aisle are talking about criminal justice reform policies to safely reduce the prison population and cost to taxpayers and break down barriers for the formerly incarcerated so they can find jobs, support their families and lead crime free lives. It’s really an issue that transcends politics.”
On Criminal Justice Reform in the states: “Roughly 30 states across this country have implemented some form of criminal justice reform policies, and what we have seen in these states, is that crime rates have dropped, recidivism rates have dropped, we are saving taxpayer dollars. So it’s really the states that have led the way.”