For the first time in decades, a consensus is building behind reform of the criminal justice system. But will the 2016 election get in the way?
In February, a dizzyingly wide coalition encompassing the conservative Koch Industries and the liberal Center for American Progress announced an effort to try to overhaul the system. Several Republican presidential contenders as well as numerous other politicians on both sides of the aisle have spoken of the need for reform. Now Hillary Rodham Clinton, the leading Democratic presidential contender, has joined the chorus, calling on the country to “end the era of mass incarceration.”
It is not clear how much longer this policy debate can continue without dividing along partisan and ideological lines, however.