Sometimes, it takes an outside perspective to see the full potential in a situation.
Tennessee—like much of America — has a long history of being “tough on crime.” The state’s lawmakers tend to be proud of locking up the bad guys and throwing away the key.
The opioid epidemic. Racial tension. Human trafficking. Terror attacks. Community unrest. These are among the major challenges confronting America’s police forces and extending through the larger system of law enforcement, corrections and justice.
While comprehensive reforms to lower federal mandatory minimum sentences remain aspirational, there are other policies on which the right and left agree that could have as much, if not more, impact in reducing the nation’s incarcerated population while maintaining public safety.
‘I felt like a zero. Now I feel like a hero.' That’s what an Arizona inmate said to me when I traveled to Navajo County in the summer of 2016. My team and I were up north observing the damage caused by the Cedar Fire and meeting the brave firefighters who risked their lives to protect our state’s landscapes.
Three decades of aggressive policing and harsh sentencing for low-level drug offenders clogged our prisons and disrupted the lives of millions of Americans, all while failing to reverse a growing drug epidemic that continues to ravage communities across our country.
Six million, seven hundred forty-one thousand, four hundred. That’s how many Americans are currently entangled in our criminal justice system.
As the Legislature considers an expansive array of policies related to criminal justice and public safety, one thing is clear: Our laws should serve, protect and prioritize the state's most vulnerable citizens, our children.
As a newly unified government has begun tackling a range of health care, tax, and regulatory reforms, Conservatives are continuing to champion another area in need of legislative updates for the twenty-first century: criminal justice reform.
Americans might love a creative and powerful redemption story on stage or on screen, but where were we when these prisoners decided to reoffend?
At the National Prayer Breakfast, President Trump declared that the nation’s fate depends on the opportunities available to society’s most vulnerable: “America will succeed so long as our most vulnerable citizens—and we have some that are so vulnerable—have a path to success.”
We’ve collaborated with the U.S. Justice Action Network to release a new video examining the groundbreaking Re-Entry Court program at the Louisiana State Penitentiary, also known as Angola, the largest maximum-security prison in the United States.