June 25, 2015

Prison

In the five years since Marc Levin founded Right on Crime at the conservative Texas Policy Foundation, more than a dozen states have enacted sentencing or other prison reforms. Parallel movements among conservatives and progressives have promoted similar reforms from dramatically different ideological starting-places. Prominent national Republicans have announced changes of heart, and then-Attorney General Eric Holder announced that the Justice Department would no longer pursue mandatory minimum sentences for low-level drug felonies. As the push for criminal justice reform gathered steam at the federal level, it has garnered recent headlines as much for the cross-ideological nature of leadership behind it as for specific reform proposals.

How durable is this right-left partnership against the backdrop of 2016 Presidential politics? The New America and the Brennan Center engage top actors from politics and policy look at what's next for the criminal justice reform movement.  This convening included a discussion of the recent Brennan Center publication Solutions: American Leaders Speak Out on Criminal Justice, a bipartisan collection of essays on criminal justice reform by many of the leading 2016 presidential candidates. 

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Meet the Panel

Jamelle Bouie

Jamelle Bouie

Heather Hurlburt

Heather Hurlburt

Inimai Chettiar

Inimai Chettiar

Marc Levin

Marc Levin