Criminal Justice Reform

Over the past four decades, our country’s incarceration rate – the number of prisoners per capita – has more than quadrupled and is now unprecedented in world history. Today, roughly 2.2 million people are behind bars in the United States, an increase of 1.9 million since 1972. We have the largest prison population in the world - 25% of the world’s prisoners are in America – with only 5% of the world’s total population.

Tom advocates for rational policies and laws that keep communities safe while shrinking the prison population, reduces recidivism, and reduces the social and economic impact of mass incarceration on vulnerable communities.  Tom supports criminal justice reform that changes mandatory minimum sentencing rules that would give federal judges more discretion to impose shorter sentences and make decisions on a case-by-case basis, as well as reform that reduces incarceration rates for low-level nonviolent drug offenders and teens.

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