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Greg Glod | May 6, 2015
The economy, foreign affairs, and health care are all issues that we have grown accustomed to as hot button topics during the presidential cycle. Criminal justice reform on the other hand, has never been at the forefront of the national debate.
However, with the great successes at the state level regarding criminal justice reform, the national players from all ends of the political spectrum are taking notice and it appears as though we will be hearing a lot on the issue throughout the primaries and the general election.
One indicator that this will be the case is a newly released book titled, “Solutions: American Leaders Speak out on Criminal Justice.” The book is a collaboration of essays from many of the front runners for the 2016 presidency on their proposals for criminal justice reform on the national level. Below is a list of the candidates featured in the book and a brief oversight of their proposed criminal justice changes:
It is refreshing to see the presidential candidates take a strong interest in criminal justice reform. It is a topic that effects each and every one of us, even if we will never see the inside of the courtroom. State and federal governments spend billions on corrections each year and smart reforms on a national level can make our nation safer while saving the tax payer a considerable amount of money.