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July 31, 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.

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