2016 Presidential Election: Criminal Justice Reform

Trump, Clinton, and Bernie all agree — America’s criminal justice system is broken.

Mandatory minimum sentences and harsh drug laws are driving a massive increase in the prison populations.

Since the 1980s, the number of federal prisoners has jumped 850%, and the chance of being sent to prison for a drug crime rose by 350%. And these effects fall disproportionately on poor and minority communities.

All the 2016 candidates have had something to say about this slow-motion disaster, and Prof. Don Boudreaux helps you make sense of the big issues behind the talking points.

What do you think: Can we solve the problem by decriminalizing drugs like marijuana? Or do we need a bigger police presence and stronger tough-on-crime sentencing laws?

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