The Verdict on Federal Prison Reform: State Successes Offer Keys to Reducing Crime & Costs

It is sometimes said—citing a famous opinion by Justice Louis Brandeis—that the 50 states serve as ‘laboratories of democracy,’ and that states should learn from one another’s successful policy experiments. But the federal system can also learn from their experiments. In a sensible political environment, the national government’s public policy decisions would emulate state policy successes. In current criminal justice policy, states like Texas are leading the way, and the federal government would be wise to follow.

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