Usually bitter adversaries, Koch Industries and the Center for American Progress have found at least one thing they can agree on: The nationâ€™s criminal justice system is broken.
Koch Industries, the conglomerate owned by the conservative Koch brothers, and the center, a Washington-based liberal issues group, are coming together to back a new organization called the Coalition for Public Safety. The coalition plans a multimillion-dollar campaign on behalf of emerging proposals to reduce prison populations, overhaul sentencing, reduce recidivism and take on similar initiatives. Other groups from both the left and right â€” the American Civil Liberties Union, Americans for Tax Reform, the Tea Party-oriented FreedomWorks â€” are also part of the coalition, reflecting its unusually bipartisan approach.
This is pretty huge. Getting such diverse players from all parts of the political spectrum, including groups that normally hate each other, all working together for criminal justice reform, that gives it a lot of weight.
In the past, reform efforts have often been hamstrung because of politicians afraid of being targeted for “soft on crime” ads, but with institutional political support on both sides of the aisle, that’s less likely to happen.
Here’s their website: The Coalition for Public Safety
It’s not going to do everything that needs to be done, but it sure could help get us moving in the right direction.