Obama writes that while his work on the criminal justice system is unfinished, he hopes the incoming administration will “pass meaningful sentencing reform legislation” and “take commonsense steps” to reduce the “epidemic” of gun violence.
The president of a prison workers union has hit back against comments made late last week by Arkansas Sen. Tom Cotton that the U.S. has an “under-incarceration problem,” highlighting the different conversations being had about mass incarceration in the country.
Despite the United States housing 25 percent of the world’s prison population, Arkansas Sen. Tom Cotton claimed Thursday that America had an “under-incarceration problem,” comparing the failed American police state to Iraq and Afghanistan.
“I had no intention,” wrote Gleeson, “to sentence her to the unending hardship she has endured in the job market.” If you consider this a heartwarming story, you miss the point.
“There is a coming to terms that this is a regular problem, not just something that happens once in a while and unpredictably.”
Obama also working with lawmakers on reforms of the criminal justice system, to reduce number of people serving long sentences for non-violent drug crimes.
Saying “all lives matter” has become a political liability in Democratic circles, which says a lot about how influential blocs are shaping the 2016 political debate.
“I’ve made clear to them that reentering society is going to require responsibility on their part — and hard work, and smarter choices.”