Will Trump reform the prison system?

| February 24, 2017

According to a report from the Wall Street Journal, the issue of criminal justice reform, due to its success in some states, could unite left- and right-leaning voters. Mark Holden, general counsel and senior vice president for Koch Industries, hopes President Donald Trump takes notice.

Trump thus far is not on record as supporting — or not supporting — efforts to reform the criminal justice system. However, he did run as the “law and order” candidate during the 2016 campaign, rhetoric that tends to reflect a reluctance to investigate criminal justice reform.  The Blaze reported Tuesday that the prison system in the United States spends roughly $71 billion a year to house 1.53 million inmates in state and federal prisons.

Of that number of total inmates, 53 percent of those currently held in state prisons are there for non-violent offenses, and it’s this group that interests Holden and other criminal justice reform experts. These offenders, who often find themselves victims of mandatory minimum sentencing end up being lumped in with a more violent and hardened prison cohort. The recidivism rate according to the Bureau of Justice Statistics indicates those released from state prisons have a recidivism rate of 76.6 percent after 5 years. Federal prisoners released have a 44.7 percent re-arrest rate after five years.

Complicating matters, judges without discretionary power due to mandatory minimum sentencing are not given the latitude to decide if a lesser punishment is appropriate for under mandatory minimums. As a result, more people go to jail in the U.S. than in any other Western nation. In fact, the U.S. currently claims 25 percent of the world’s prison population, but only 5 percent of the world’s total population.

 

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source: http://www.theblaze.com/news/2017/02/23/will-trump-reform-the-prison-system-koch-bros-general-counsel-mark-holden-other-experts-hope-so/

  • irish1919

    Build more prisons then. Keep these people off the streets. Not saying criminals of lesser crimes have to be housed with rapists, murderers and terrorists , but they committed a crime and should do the time. This social justice gibberish is just that. Left wing speak. We cannot allow anyone not to be punished for their crimes . Are we a nation of laws or not? The left seems to think not. So what we House 25% of the worlds prisoners . What percentage is other countries nationals that we House , Illegal at that. I would just as soon add to the prison population and throw OBAMA, the Clintons and his whole administration in prison. They are seditionists at best and more likely traitors . 1.53 million is a smaller number than what should be there. Build the wall and build more prisons with private sector in charge. Look how many jobs we can add. We would save money not paying government workers. Heck could hire some service vets as the guards. I’m sure some would take the job.

  • Let him concentrate on more important things right now! He’s a little busy!

  • kassa1

    He needs to go after the congress and judiciary 1st as Putin said we have more whores in our political system than he has on the streets of Russia!

  • _Steve_

    When is he going to pardon his daughter’s father-in-law?

  • Vesuvius1313

    Trump can’t reform state prisons only federal prisons. It is up to the states to reform their laws and prisons.