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February 12, 2015

Cato director explains why "2015 Can be the Year of Criminal Justice Reform"

The quoted portion of the title of this post is the title of this extended commentary by Tim Lynch, who directs the Cato Institute’s Project on Criminal Justice. Here are excerpts from the start and end of the piece along with its major headings: 

Criminal justice reform appears to be one of the hot topics this year. Unlike most other policy areas, where President Obama and Republicans remain at loggerheads, criminal justice reform holds much greater promise since both political parties seem to agree that there are festering problems that need to be addressed.

Let’s explore some of the most pressing topics.

Militarized policing....

Marijuana legalization....

Sentencing reform....

Civil asset forfeiture....

Indigent defense reform....

The political climate for criminal justice reform is superb. Present low crime rates provide space for policymakers who are inclined to address this compelling need. If there is no movement on reform now, we will all look back on 2015 as a lost opportunity.

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Interesting article! Hopefully we can see lots of changes in the coming year when it comes to these issues.

Posted by: Jordan | Feb 12, 2015 10:32:13 AM

Im hopeful. But think it will such small efforts and so delibertly measured the results are minimal.

The supreme court in Begay removing owi as a violent crime and the Ussc cleverly getting past Holders road blocks with the 2 level drug qty drop.

These are 2 very big items and many will get both of these reductions.. These 2 items are huge. If Congress could contribute accordingly. Slash mandatories, uncharged relevant conduct and get rid of 1000 ft enhancement, must be in plain sight and within 250 ft.

Slowly the guidelines are getting parred down. Weldon Angelos needs to get pardoned big time.

Posted by: 187Midwest Guy | Feb 12, 2015 11:54:34 PM

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