Putting the Justice in Criminal Justice
Could bipartisanship begin behind bars? This week, a coalition of leaders from both sides of the aisle met with President Obama to make the criminal justice system fairer. The stats are shocking: Our country is home to 5 percent of the world’s population — yet holds 25 percent of the world’s incarcerated people. We spend $80 billion a year on incarceration and have a recidivism rate of around 50 percent. And in America, our criminal justice policies disproportionately affect minorities and the poor, who consistently face harsher penalties than others who commit similar crimes. It’s immoral and it doesn’t make sense.