President Barack Obama has published a far reaching and comprehensive commentary on criminal justice reform in the Harvard Law Review. President Obama's commentary "The President’s Role in Advancing Criminal Justice Reform" introduces the problem as follows:
We simply cannot afford to spend $80 billion annually on incarceration, to write off the seventy million Americans — that’s almost one in three adults — with some form of criminal record, release 600,000 inmates each year without a better program to reintegrate them into society, or to ignore the humanity of 2.2 million men and women currently in U.S. jails. In addition, we cannot deny the legacy of racism that continues to drive inequality in how the justice system is experienced by so many Americans.
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