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“Human rights attorney Nkechi Taifa is Advocacy Director for Criminal Justice for the Open Society Foundations. She’s spent much of her career fighting for criminal justice reform.
“‘Now, 25 years after the progressive community was finally making strides to successfully move the needle from ‘tough on crime’ to ‘smarter on crime,’ we find ourselves confronted with a myopic president bent on tunneling back in time,’ she said.
“‘And we have an Attorney General hostile to bipartisan legislation that would have addressed archaic and lengthy drug sentences; and an Administration fixated on rolling back key federal protections.'”