Chuck Grassley

Cal Thomas: Tough on criminal justice reform

Cal Thomas: Tough on criminal justice reform

Republicans and conservatives dating back at least to Richard Nixon have used the slogan "tough on crime" and its corollary "lock 'em up and throw away the key" as electoral red meat. The problem is what to do when inmates are released with few skills, fewer job prospects and a bleak future that leads some to commit new crimes that land them in prison again at taxpayers' expense.

The Senate, in what may be the only bipartisan act during the remaining two years of President Trump's first and possibly only term, has overwhelmingly passed legislation...

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