Summiteers Agree: Too Many Inmates, Long Road To Reform

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Senator Cory Booker (left) and former Speaker of the House of Representatives Newt Gingrich

An unusual "Bipartisan Summit on Criminal Justice Reform" in Washington yesterday produced seemingly universal agreement that there are far too many inmates in U.S. prisons and jails.

Now the question is whether the event, organized primarily by social entrepreneur and President Barack Obama supporter Van Jones and former Republican House Speaker Newt Gingrich, will markedly increase the momentum for significant justice system changes.

Gingrich, who presided over the House during part of the get-tough-on-crime era of the late 1990s but since has changed his mind on incarceration issues, marveled that "this . . .

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