The law, politics, and scholarship of criminal justice reform have been shifting in potentially momentous ways. After decades of increasingly punitive policies across the country which resulted in surging incarceration rates, the last several years have seen an increasingly bipartisan shift toward a critique of what has come to be called mass incarceration. Yet, the recent presidential election signals a shift in federal priorities away from a reform agenda, a development that may (or may not) have consequences for the recent trajectory in favor of reform by many state and local actors. This interactive discussion explores these crosscurrents in the law, policy, and discourse surrounding our criminal justice system.
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