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Thursday, February 18, 2016

Criminal justice reform has backing from voters in key Senate battleground states

Posted By on Thu, Feb 18, 2016 at 12:36 PM

A majority of voters in six states with tight senate battles favor criminal justice reform. Don't tell Sen. Tom Cotton, who is trotting out tired "tough on crime" in efforts to block reform efforts in the Senate. 

Huffington Post reports

More than 60 percent of voters in battleground states of Kentucky, Nevada, Wisconsin, Missouri, Florida, and North Carolina think federal prisons house too many nonviolent offenders. More than 70 percent of voters in each state think the main goal of the criminal justice system should be “rehabilitating criminals to become productive, law-abiding citizens.”

“The surveys from these six states are just an example of the growing momentum for criminal justice reform,” said Jason Pye, a spokesman for conservative advocacy group FreedomWorks. “Once pervasive so-called tough on crime policies no longer have a grasp on the American public.”

FreedomWorks, you might recall, is a Koch-funded group. The movement for criminal justice reform has attracted interest across the political spectrum. That hasn't stopped Cotton from grabbing the opportunity to play on people's fears and obstruct sensible policy reforms. 

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