iOS app Android app More
July 30, 2015

Can Obama Fulfill His Pledges for Sweeping Criminal Justice Reform?

If Obama forcefully takes advantage of the current opportunity -- instead of simply exploiting this momentary news cycle to bask in the applause of liberal commentators -- his proposals will leave a genuine legacy of criminal justice reform. Completing an agenda of eliminating mandatory minimum sentences, ending solitary confinement, stopping employers from seeking disclosure of irrelevant convictions on job applications, restoring voting rights for former offenders and removing juveniles from the adult courts and prisons would be a profoundly significant presidential legacy and would improve the lives of millions of Americans. Yet President Obama's criminal justice reforms will fail unless he is rapid and persistent in mobilizing national political will. The next four months are Obama's window of opportunity to push for meaningful reform.

Mitch Kicks The Can On September Shutdown... To September

Mcconnell
AP Photo/Susan Walsh

More Politics
Rand Lagging.. Romney Slams Cruz.. GOP Accusation.. Perry's Harrowing Position.. Awkward Walker

U.S. Government Investigates Lion-Killing Dentist

Athena Image
Credit: brentsinclair.blogspot.com

More WorldPost
NKorea Not In.. View From Ukraine.. Crisis In Calais.. Russia Vetoes.. Erdoğan Explained.. Euro Club

Obama Enters His Cruelest Month With A Battle Plan

Athena Image
ASSOCIATED PRESS

MSNBC Guts Lineup

Ed Schultz
MSNBC

More Media
BuzzFeed Gets $250 Million.. Rolling Stone Editor Resigns.. O'Reilly Slams #BlackLivesMatter..

Odds Of Solving MH370 Mystery Increase As Crews Hunt For Clues

Athena Image
ASSOCIATED PRESS

Suitcase Recovered Near Washed-Up Wreckage... Timeline Of Missing Flight...

Californians Are Majorly Cutting Back On Their Water Usage

Athena Image
ASSOCIATED PRESS

Repeat Attacker Stabs 6 At Jerusalem Gay Pride March

Jerusalem
Lior Mizrahi via Getty Images

Bernie Is Walking A Tightrope On Immigration

Athena Image
Credit: Jacquelyn Martin/Associated Press

ALSO: Puts It All On The Line In Hunt For Dem Nomination

Tsipras Goes Toe-To-Toe With Party Rebels

Athena Image
ASSOCIATED PRESS

Controversy Builds After Cop Fatally Shoots Teen

Zachary Hammond
WHNS

More Crime
Sandra Bland.. Prison Escapees.. Missing Teens.. Louisiana Theater Shooting.. Ignored 911 Call

Anti-Drilling Activists Dangle From Oregon Bridge To Stop Arctic Icebreaker

Athena Image
ASSOCIATED PRESS

Congress Charts Course For Another Highway Debacle

Athena Image
Mark Wilson via Getty Images

More Bad News For Android Users

More Tech
Windows 10 Release.. LG's New Flip Phone.. Twitter Jokes.. Ads Study.. Accessibility Pledge.. Flyp App

AP U.S. History Caves To Conservatives

Test
LuckyBusiness via Getty Images

Hillary Breaks From The Pack With Minimum Wage Pitch

Athena Image
ASSOCIATED PRESS

What Video Shows vs. What Officer Claims About Sam Dubose Killing

Dubose Cop
Cincinnati Police

Pope's Climate Change Mission Gains Steam

Pope Francis
JUAN MABROMATA via Getty Images

More Religion
Richard Dawkins.. Orthodox Jewish Feminists.. Jon Stewart's Best Jewish Moments

James Holmes Defense Make Final Appeal For Mercy

Athena Image
ASSOCIATED PRESS

Beirut Calls In Uber Backup As It Wrestles With Mountains Of Trash

Athena Image
JOSEPH EID via Getty Images

Chuck Grassley Baffles With Claim On GOP's Blockade Of Obama Nominees

Athena Image
BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI via Getty Images

Turkey On A Road To Disaster

Turkey Islamic State
OZAN KOSE via Getty Images

Gawker Shakes Up Staff After Backlash Over Outing Of Gay Exec

Gawker Media
Credit: Gawker Media

Jeb Now Says Humans Contribute To Climate Change

Athena Image
Justin Sullivan via Getty Images

Handcuffed Hit-And-Run Suspect Dies In San Francisco Police Custody

San Francisco San Francisco Police Sf Police Killi
KRON

Groups Plan Blitz To Get Obama To Defend Oppressed Dominicans

Athena Image
ERIKA SANTELICES via Getty Images

More Latino Voices
Bieber throws quinceañera.. Families Leave Detention Center.. Telemundo Tackles 'Obstacles'

Bill O'Reilly Compares #BlackLivesMatter To Gestapo

Bill Oreilly Gestapo Black Lives Matter
YouTube

More Media
BuzzFeed Gets $250 Million.. Rolling Stone Editor Resigns.. O'Reilly Slams #BlackLivesMatter..

Planned Parenthood Sees Spike In Donations As Attacks Escalate

Athena Image
ASSOCIATED PRESS

Ruth Bader Ginsburg Calls 'Choice' An Empty Concept For Poor Women

Athena Image
ASSOCIATED PRESS

John Lewis, The Adorable Civil Rights Badass

Athena Image
ASSOCIATED PRESS

13 Issues Facing Native People That You're Probably Not Hearing About

Athena Image
Andrew Burton via Getty Images

After Finding Severed Limbs, New Haven Police Locate A Torso

Ray Roberson Ray Roberson New Haven Severed Legs F
New Haven Police

Romney Knocks Ted Cruz For Calling Obama A Sponsor Of Terror

Politics
Alex Wong via Getty Images

Top Advocate For Americans Trapped In Iran Supports Nuclear Deal

Zarif Kerry Shake
RICK WILKING via Getty Images

Confederate Flags Placed Around Martin Luther King Jr.'s Church

Athena Image
ASSOCIATED PRESS

Olympic Waters In Rio De Janeiro 'Basically Raw Sewage'

Rio De Janeiro
Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images

More Sports
Woman NFL Coach On Young Women.. Wild Wipeout.. LeBron Talks Space Jam.. Paul Pierce Booed

What Cops And Their Supporters Are Saying About The Sam DuBose Video

Athena Image
ASSOCIATED PRESS

About Those 'Secret' Obama Meetings...

Jon Stewart The Daily Show
Comedy Central

Open Defecation In India Leads To Rape And Disease. Now Women Are Demanding Toilets.

Open Defecation India
PRAKASH SINGH via Getty Images

FOLLOW HUFFPOST

    1. HuffPost
    1. HuffPost
    1. HuffPost
    2. View all RSS feeds

Kids Point Out Dark Side Of Ads We've All Been Ignoring

Yolanda Domnguez
YouTube/Yolanda Domínguez

More Style
17 Lust-Worthy Lipsticks.. Calvin Klein's Racy Ads.. Birkin Bag Drama.. Best Makeup For Grey Eyes

I Was Catfished By The Poser Behind 'A Gay Girl In Damascus'

Sandra Bagaria Amina Gay Girl In Damascus
HuffPost Live

More HuffPost Live
Black Lives Matter Vs. O'Reilly.. Greg Louganis.. 'UnREAL' Creator.. Taylor Swift's Squad.. Gawker

Martin Luther King Jr. Had A Surprising Role In Saving 'Star Trek'

Englandblack Whiteformat Portraitmalepersonalityam
William H. Alden via Getty Images

More Entertainment
Cara's Awkward Interview.. Fey Talks Trump.. Conan Sued.. Jaden's New Track.. Emo Movies

In The Darkness Of Cecil's Death, Jane Goodall Sees Light

Athena Image
ASSOCIATED PRESS

More Green
Heat Records.. Mutt Day.. Divestment.. Arctic Drilling.. Sea Lions.. Pope And Mayors.. California Flooding

Everything You Want To Know About Anal Sex (But Are Too Afraid To Ask)

Athena Image
Getty Images

More Women
Kylie & Tyga.. Powerful Ladies=Threats To Men?.. Long-Lost Doc.. I'm Pretty -- And Traveling Alone

Abby Wambach Hints At More To Come In Her Stellar Soccer Career

Athena Image
Kevin C. Cox via Getty Images

More Sports
Woman NFL Coach On Young Women.. Wild Wipeout.. LeBron Talks Space Jam.. Paul Pierce Booed

Woody Allen Talks About His 'Paternal' Relationship With Wife Soon-Yi

Athena Image
Craig Barritt via Getty Images

Dudley Dursley From 'Harry Potter' Looks Totally Different Now

Showbiz Film Premiere Cinema Celebrity Dudley Durs
Ian West/PA Archive

What Life Is Like In A Town With No Cell Phones

Frontier Offers $38 Flights In Flash Sale

Athena Image
Kathryn Scott Osler via Getty Images

More Travel
Romantic Spots.. Beach Envy.. Road Trip Hacks.. Best Spots To Unplug.. Kid-Friendly Vacays.. Gadgets

How Early-Life Stress Could Increase Risk Of Anxiety And Depression

Gut Bacteria
Getty

More Science
Monster Squid..Farming Older Than We Thought?.. Four-Legged Snake.. Snot Bot.. Meet Earth's 'Cousin'

Can You Outlast Donald Trump In A Post-Apocalyptic Wasteland?

Trump
HuffPost Comedy

More Comedy
Who Said It, Trump Or Mr. Burns?.. Tom Riddle Anagrams.. Honest Breakups.. The GOP's 3 Amigos

Male-Run Domestic Violence Group Apologizes For Saying Ray Rice Deserves Second Chance

Athena Image
ASSOCIATED PRESS

Tyra Banks Explains Why It's Harder To Be A Model Today

Athena Image
John Sciulli via Getty Images

A Family Divided Over An Unsolved Murder

Drphil 13093video
Dr. Phil

More Dr. Phil
Screen-Free Ways To Stimulate Child's Mind.. Sex Talk.. Seeds You Should Eat.. Parenting Tips

Tell-All From 'Bizarre Foods' Host Offers Up All Flavors Of Oddities

Athena Image
Credit: Neilson Barnard/Getty Images

More Taste
Avocado Taco Boats.. Breakfast Popsicles.. Cheesecake.. Watermelon Trick.. Ombre Popsicles

WHAT'S WORKING
Clean Up Your Diet With Fish Not From Corrupt Chains

Cost Of Living Economy Los Angeles Eating Bills Ho
David McNew via Getty Images

More Impact
Nepal's Children Need Food.. Chelsea Visits Haiti.. Camp For Homeless.. Shelter's Organic Garden

How To Spot The Hidden Narcissist In Your Life

Hidden Narcissist
Thinkstock

More OWN
Best Morning Yoga Moves.. Comfy, Sexy Shoes.. Advice For Solo Travelers.. The Healthiest Fast Food

What Cats REALLY Mean When They Purr, Meow Or Rub Against You

Athena Image
PhotoAlto/Odilon Dimier via Getty Images

More HuffPost Home
Ikea Recall.. Underrated Cities.. 5 Best Home Improvements.. Dinner Party Seating

Jason Segel And Jimmy Fallon Can't Keep It Together During 'Word Sneak'

Segel
NBC

Cheap And Brilliant Innovations For Your Home

Athena Image
ASSOCIATED PRESS

The Lesson Robin Williams Taught Marlon Brando About Acting

Athena Image
ASSOCIATED PRESS

Woman's Stunning Found Photos Launch A Hashtag Mystery

Meagan Abell
Meagan Abell

More Arts
Tony Winners.. Emma Sulkowitz's New Video.. Bolshoi Ballet.. Life Of Nude Model.. Vagina Sculpture

Amanda Seyfried Chops Off Her Long Hair

Athena Image
Astrid Stawiarz via Getty Images

First Clip Of 'Unauthorized Full House Story' Proves There's No Drama Here

Full House
Lifetime

8 Times Vivica Fox Slayed The Big Screen

Actress Celebrity Entertainment Juwanna Mann Movie
Getty Images via Getty Images

More Black Voices
#SandraBland.. Mourning Bobbi Kristina.. Iman Turns 60.. #BlackLivesMatter.. Paul Mooney

Definitive Proof That There's Nothing Cuter Than Sleeping Puppies

Puppies Sleeping
ignoramusky/YouTube

More Good News
Spiky Shower Curtain.. Gorgeous Street Art Mural.. Grumpy Puppy.. Hula Nae Nae Dance

Marilyn Monroe's Never-Before-Seen Nude Calendar Photos Surface

Marilyn Monroe
Limited Runs

More Entertainment
Cara's Awkward Interview.. Fey Talks Trump.. Conan Sued.. Jaden's New Track.. Emo Movies