The State of Justice Reform 2017

The State of Justice Reform 2017

Even as the Trump administration pushed for a return to 1990s-era "tough on crime" policies for federal prosecution, state and local criminal justice reform efforts saw significant progress in 2017, a report from the finds. According to the interactive report, , grassroots campaigns helped elect prosecutors who promised to implement diversion and alternative programs for lower-level charges and to reform bail practices. Other efforts to reduce mass incarceration focused on pretrial populations in local jails. Although the Trump administration largely reversed Obama-era sentencing reform initiatives, several states pushed ahead with reforms including reducing mandatory minimums and cutting sentences for or re-categorizing certain offenses. At the same time, the report found that while state and local governments are taking steps to limit youth incarceration and the number of youth who are incarcerated annually has dropped by half in the last fifteen years, youth of color continued to be detained or committed at disproportionately high rates, often for technical violations.