Winnable and under-discussed justice reform ideas for 2015 | Prison Policy Initiative

Eight ideas for criminal justice reforms that are ripe for legislative victory.


Folks from the Prison Policy Initiative are great. Here’s their list abstracted:


  • Ending prison gerrymandering
  • Lowering the cost of a call home from prison or jail
  • Repealing or reforming ineffective and harmful sentencing enhancement zones
  • Protecting letters from home in local jails
  • Requiring racial impact statements for criminal justice bills
  • Repealing “Truth in Sentencing”
  • Creating a safety valve for mandatory minimum sentences
  • Reducing pretrial detention


Only thing I’d add is a quick informative note on the racial impact statements. Washington State has optional “Health Impact’ statements that include equity on both disenfranchised or higher risk groups. A similar strategy could be employed, as in the examples from Oregon and others.


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