Can Bipartisan Criminal-Justice Reform Survive Trump?

Can Bipartisan Criminal-Justice Reform Survive Trump?
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In the nineteen-nineties, when John Malcolm was a federal prosecutor in Atlanta, the nation's prisons were being filled up with small­-time drug dealers. The war on drugs was at its height, and the number of Americans in prison was rising dramatically. Now a legal scholar at the Heritage Foundation, the influential conservative think tank, Malcolm has watched with approval, in recent years, as lawmakers and law-enforcement officials have begun to support criminal-justice policies aimed less at punishing anyone caught with drugs and more at targeting violent offenders and drug kingpins.

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