The “violent offender” conversation in criminal justice reform

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Here is a short conversation between criminal justice reporters Albert Samaha from Buzzfeed News and Alysia Santo from the Marshall Project and Jarrett Murphy of City Limits on the future of criminal justice reform. The point is made that “non-violent drug offenders” are the low-hanging fruit of criminal justice reform. They are the easiest to release. But a difficult conversation, one that will test the limits of or reform, is looming about releasing men and women incarcerated for violent crimes.

Reforming juvenile life without parole sentences, we think, will help open that conversation up. Have a look:

 

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