Can Criminal Justice Reform America?

By CHARLES MITCHELL – Common Wealth Foundation, Charles Mitchell, Sen. Anthony Williams – Feb 5, 2019 –

The following op-ed first appeared in the Philadelphia Inquirer

Are partisan division and political bickering unavoidable in American politics? The headlines make it seem so, but it’s not true. Transformative issues can still bring us all together. Want proof? Politicians as different as President Trump and Governor Wolf both agree on this: Our criminal justice system needs reform.

Recent bipartisan victories like the federal First Step Act and the success of Pennsylvania’s Justice Reinvestment Initiative prove elected leaders can still cooperate on behalf of all citizens. These “smart on crime” measures are protecting public safety while helping former prisoners live independent, crime-free lives. And the results speak for themselves.

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