Obama Outlines Justice Reform in Harvard Law Review

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Barack Obama on the campaign trail, 2008. Photo by Pat Hawks via Flickr

President Obama returned to his roots at the Harvard Law Review by writing there about progress his administration made in reforming the criminal justice system and the challenges that remain for the next administration, the Associated Press reports. His commentary, “The President’s Role in Advancing Criminal Justice Reform,” addresses how presidents can exert influence over the criminal justice system, and how the federal government can translate that vision into practical results. “How we treat citizens who make mistakes (even serious mistakes), pay their debt to society, and deserve a second chance reflects who we are as a people and reveals a lot about our character and commitment to our founding principles,” Obama says. “And how we police our communities and the kinds of problems we ask our criminal justice system to solve can have a profound impact on the extent of trust in law enforcement and significant implications for public safety.”

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