It’s clear – as we come together today – that too many Americans go to too many prisons for far too long, and for no truly good law enforcement reason.
What should we make of the nation’s top prosecutor calling out the US for throwing too many people behind bars and challenging the failed war on drugs?
Well, this is a big deal. This is the first speech by any Attorney General calling for such massive criminal justice reforms. It is the first major address from the Obama Administration spelling out some steps to end the mass incarceration crisis and reduce the racial disparities that plague our criminal justice system.
But a lot more remains to be done to roll back the extreme sentencing laws that caused the mass incarceration crisis in the first place.
Some thoughts on how we can do it: http://www.aclu.org/blog/criminal-law-reform-racial-justice/how-process-eric-holders-major-criminal-law-reform-speech.
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