Yesterday, Attorney General Eric Holder offered the Obama administration's most forceful critique to date of U.S. mass incarceration policies, at a meeting of the hemisphere's security ministers in Medellín, Colombia.
The right to freedom of movement without the danger of undue harm is a fundamental right that's enshrined in constitutional law and public policy. It's inviolate. The courts have repeatedly upheld a citizen's right to freedom of access and movement in public places.
As we keep working to expose, prevent and dismantle voter suppression across the country, we are collectively letting politicians know that the Supreme Court's Shelby ruling does not mean that it's open season on voters.
To all who have favored but not worked toward drug policy reform because "the government will never allow it," let this be a lesson. Yesterday's announcement, was a direct result of millions of Americans uniting and forcing the government to do the right thing.
If the federal government recognizes that mandatory minimums are likely inappropriate sentences for nonviolent offenders, perhaps the states will follow suit, developing diversion programs, prison alternatives, and reasonable means for re-entry.
The path of a trailblazer always holds resistance. To pioneer meaningful change, one must be prepared to defend themself against the inevitable opposing force. One man who has come to know this all too well lately is U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder.
It is not every day that Republicans in the Senate give a good reason to applaud their legislative behavior but Holder's Committee appearance provided an opportunity for the already-controversial Sen. Ted Cruz to question the Attorney General on the administration's drone policy.