WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Chris Coons (D-Del.), a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, published an op-ed in The News Journal on criminal justice reform.  

Congress has a chance to pass major, bipartisan criminal justice reform now

By Chris Coons

At a time when Congress, the White House, and the nation seem hopelessly divided, there is one critical, even difficult issue on which many Republicans and Democrats, conservative and progressive groups, and President Trump agree: criminal justice reform.

The American criminal justice system is broken, and it has been for a long time. The mass incarceration explosion resulting from the “war on drugs” and “tough on crime” policies of the last four decades has left us with prisons that are overcrowded and costly and inmates that are often unfairly sentenced and forgotten. 

For too long, our system has focused too much on criminalization and incarceration and too little on justice and rehabilitation.

Recognizing the urgent need to address this disparity, a remarkable bipartisan coalition in Congress has worked together for several years to craft legislation that would make the criminal justice system fairer, and now, we’re ready to vote on the bill and have the president sign it into law.

To read the full column, click here