Giffords, LaPierre, Levin, Kleiman Among 50 U.S. Political Thinkers


Criminal justice figures play a big part in Politico Magazine’s “50 Ideas Changing Politics and the people behind them.” No. 9 are former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ) and the National Rifle Association’s Wayne LaPierre, symbolizing the “two different Americas” in the gun control debate. No. 11 are Supreme Court Justices Samuel Alito and Sonia Sotomayor, two junior justices who have “stepped into the spotlight in a big way that suggests a new direction for the court: a more public and potentially more political, next generation.” no. 24 is Attorney General Eric Holder. Politico says that even before the police shooting in Ferguson, Mo., Holder was “warning of the dangers of law-enforcement overreach–and taking bold action to corrrect it.”

No. 25 is Marc Levin of the Texas Public Policy Foundation, dubbed “the conservative prison reformer.” Politico says prison reform “has emerged over the past year as a rare bipartisan cause.” Sharing No. 30 with California Gov. Jerry Brown is Attorney General Kamala Harris, cited for a “tough-but-smart-on-crime stance that belies her Berkeley roots.” No. 37 is Mark Kleiman of the University of California, Los Angeles, called “the policy work behind legal pot” for advising Washington state on marijuana legalization.

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