One would think that with the dramatic drop in crime, America's communities would be reveling in the streets as though it were Mardi Gras, or at least talking about how much safer they feel walking around their neighborhoods as adults than they felt walking the streets as teenagers. But decades of Gallup polls indicate otherwise.
While New Jersey has already made progress in lowering the state's prison population and recidivism rates, all while keeping crime down, Christie warned that "we can do better, and we must." Whether Christie's motivation is political or moral, his stated commitment to rolling back mass incarceration deserves recognition.
Some states continue to push needless restrictions on the ability of citizens to participate in elections, and voters and their advocates must remain vigilant against any such efforts. Still, the trend is unmistakable: After years of backsliding, states are embracing free, fair, and accessible elections.