Calling for common sense policies

In their most recent commentaries, Chris Fitzsimon and Rob Schofield both make a plea for common sense in public policies.

Fitzsimon’s column “An unlikely call for criminal justice reform” echoes the calls for criminal justice reform made by Rep. Jerry Madden, a conservative state representative from Texas who says that building more prisons is the wrong solution.  He goes on to quote statistics from national criminal justice expert Michael Thompson, which show that rehabilitation programs are more effective than incarceration.

Schofield does a reality check on the fringe leader in the conservative party in his column “Turning even harder to the right,” arguing that their strategy of leadership through fear is not taking us in the direction we need to go.

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