As we highlighted on the prison law blog last week, President Barack Obama’s recent comments on the need for a dramatic overhaul of the American prison system has ignited dialogue on reform. There has been almost universal acknowledgement from analysts and activists alike that we are on the precipice of something big.
His speech seems to have done what few politicians have been able to do in decades: unite both Republicans and Democrats. Across the floor, our elected officials are recognizing that the system is broken, and maybe there’s real momentum building for change. It’s a rare thing in our political system, and one that merits pausing a moment to acknowledge before continuing the fight.