Prof. Rebecca Thorpe in the Washington Post, Republicans and Democrats support sentencing reform. This is what stands in their way.

During the most recent Republican presidential debate, the candidates called mass incarceration a major problem. With 2.2 million Americans now incarcerated — triple the number locked up in the 1980s when President Ronald Reagan escalated a “war on drugs” and legislators vied with one another to appear toughest — the United States holds the dubious distinction of being the world’s largest jailer.

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