Support from the right and the left for prison reform

Jay Leiderman
By: Jay Leiderman
May 04 2015

The New Yorker Magazine

The Milwaukee Experiment: What can one prosecutor do about the mass incarceration of African-Americans?

“Some prominent Republicans also have begun to criticize current policies. The Koch brothers have funded work by the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers which aims, among other things, at limiting mandatory minimum sentences in drug cases, and, in a broad effort to reduce prison sentences, they have joined forces with such unlikely allies as the American Civil Liberties Union and the Center for American Progress. Rand Paul, the Kentucky senator and Republican Presidential candidate, has sponsored a bill with Cory Booker, the New Jersey Democrat, that would allow youthful offenders more opportunities to expunge criminal records.”

One thought on “Support from the right and the left for prison reform

  1. Hey Jay thanks for this update. It seems that in this day and age, it’s so reactionary to throw the book at low-level drug offences that put them in the same level as those who committed heinous, violent offences against innocent victims. I hope this is a step in the right direction towards the notion that “the punishment fits the crime” correctly. Good stuff…and glad you’re doing so well! – R

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