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Congress Has a ‘Second Chance’ for Bipartisan Criminal Justice Reform

Congress Has a ‘Second Chance’ for Bipartisan Criminal Justice Reform

Authors Ed Chung and Jason Pye discuss the need for bipartisan criminal justice reform.

Authors

  • Ed Chung
  • Jason Pye

The two of us are about as far apart politically as you can get — in fact, we agree on very little. And yet, for the last few years, we have agreed to work together on common-sense criminal justice reforms that safely reduce our bloated prison population. With April as “Second Chance Month”, we are taking the opportunity to make sure everyone knows that  our partnership isn’t going anywhere.

It’s true that we have different perspectives, and different reasons for engaging in this important work. FreedomWorks remains deeply concerned about throwing good money after bad — enormous spending on long sentences that continue to result in high recidivism rates; meanwhile, the Center for American Progress is extremely troubled by the racial disparities in our system, and the generational incarceration that has obliterated poor and disadvantaged communities.

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Authors

Ed Chung

Senior Fellow

Jason Pye