The Real Reasons for Criminal Justice Reform

In a new op-ed for National Review Vikrant P. Reddy, senior research fellow at the Charles Koch Institute, discusses how policy considerations can often be derailed by exaggerations and misconstrued arguments. However, as Reddy continues, advocates for criminal justice reform do not need to exaggerate because the case for improving public safety, increasing human dignity, and restoring victims is already strong. As he writes:

“Whether or not America has the world’s highest incarceration rate, it certainly has a rate vastly higher than that of any comparable Western democracy. Second, a slight majority of the prison population consists of violent offenders, but this is hardly an argument for ignoring criminal-justice reforms … Finally, reformers should not forget that our high rates of incarceration, in certain ways, make society less safe, and public-safety considerations must be central to any discussion of criminal-justice reform.”

Read the full op-ed at National Review

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