Criminal justice reform

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Criminal justice reform is a term used to describe changes to the criminal justice system of the United States, which critics describe as broken and corrupt. This issue is frequently raised by populists on both the left and the right.

Notable supporters of criminal justice reform

President Donald Trump has taken several actions to reform the criminal justice system, such as appointing Justice Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court,[1] and pardoning Alice Marie Johnson, who had been condemned to life in prison for a first-time drug offence, at the behest of Kim Kardashian.[2] President Trump has received the 2019 Bipartisan Justice Award.[3][4]

2020 Democrat presidential candidate Tulsi Gabbard called out race-baiter Kamala Harris for her subpar record on criminal justice at the second primary debates.[5] Later, Harris hypocritically condemned and threatened to boycott the Second Step Presidential Justice Forum over the Bipartisan Justice Committee awarding the BPJA to President Donald Trump.[6]

Senator Bernie Sanders, who has also spoken about lowering prescription drug prices along with Donald Trump, has stated that he would like to, "end the international embarrassment of having more people in jail than any other country on earth."[7]

Even CNN's Van Jones has criticized the criminal justice system, and praised people across the aisle, including President Donald Trump, for weighing in on the issue: "It's nice to have Donald Trump and Joe Biden and Kamala Harris talking about how they'd like to see less people in our prisons than are currently in our prisons."[8][9]

Even the leftist Southern Poverty Law Center supports criminal justice reform.[10]

Some political commentators and observers argue that low unemployment and criminal justice reform would likely be the two biggest issues for 2020 voters. They would be the best ways to convince generally apolitical and independent voters to vote for Donald Trump.