The 1994 Crime Bill fueled mass incarceration for the past 25 years. It undermines criminal justice reform today. Here are four ways to stop it.
March 27, 2019

The legacy of the Violent Crime Control Act and Law Enforcement Act of 1994, better known as the crime bill, has re-emerged in the national debate around criminal justice reform and public safety.1 Many consider the crime bill—which is best known for dramatically increasing harsh penalties for drug crimes, especially mandatory minimum sentences—to be one of the cornerstone statutes that accelerated mass incarceration.2

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