The example of Brooks doesn’t need to undermine the cause of criminal-justice reform, although it is likely to have that effect. The anti-recidivism efforts backed by groups such as the Koch network did not focus upon reducing criminal sentences.
Their aim was to ensure convicts returned to society with tools and skills designed to keep them away from a life of crime — opportunities to get graduate-equivalent degrees, as well as finding skills and work training and mentorship programs.
Most convicts are going to get released at some point, so what do we as a society want to happen next? Do we want to enable and empower the convict to make good choices, that will keep them away from a life of crime, or do we want to leave it to chance?
But that policy proposal is quite different from, "eliminate or set exceptionally low cash bail levels for violent offenders.”

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