TBA Law Blog

Posted by: Stacey Shrader Joslin on Jan 6, 2017

President Barack Obama returned to his roots at the Harvard Law Review this week, penning an article about the progress his administration has made in reforming the criminal justice system as well as the challenges that remain. The article, “The President's Role in Advancing Criminal Justice Reform,” addresses how presidents can exert influence over the criminal justice system. With respect to specific policies, Obama argues the country cannot afford to spend $80 billion annually on incarceration, “write off” 70 million Americans with a criminal record, release 600,000 inmates each year without helping them integrate into society, or deny that the legacy of racism drives inequality in the justice system. The Daily Times has more from the Associated Press.