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Criminal Justice in the South

Criminal Justice in the South

In October 2015, President Obama headed to Charleston, W. Va. to launch a “criminal justice tour,” a high-profile spotlight on criminal justice reform across the country. It is significant that the tour started in the South, where the problems of America’s criminal justice system — racial inequity, harsh sentencing laws, and overcrowded prisons — are most visible and entrenched. In recent years, Southern states have joined the increasingly bipartisan effort to address prison overcrowding, high costs, and prisoner reintegration.