Obama Wants $500 Million to Prod State Justice Reforms

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In his farewell budget to Congress, President Barack Obama wants $500 million to help states make broad justice reform plans.

The new "21st Century Justice Initiative" program was announced yesterday as part of a $29 billion request for the U.S. Justice Department for the year beginning October 1.

As outlined by DOJ officials, the new program would try to achieve three objectives: reduce crime, reverse policies that cause "unnecessarily long sentences and unnecessary incarceration" and build community trust in . . .

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