The Local Law Enforcement Case for Criminal Justice Reform
We do our best with the limited resources that are given to us by state and local government. However, since the mid 1980s politicians seeking election or re-election have held the criminal justice system hostage to sound bites. Politicians talk about getting tough on crime and they pass many draconian laws without regard to the data and evidence-based practices. As a practitioner and a taxpayer, I would submit that we must be smarter on crime. We must begin to focus more on prevention, rehabilitation, and reintegration. We cannot afford to continue in this manner. We are wasting human capital along with monies that could provide greater returns on our investment.
— Sheriff Gabriel A. Morgan, Newport News, Va., prepared testimony for House Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security, Feb. 23, 2010.