Police Chiefs and Sheriffs Join Prosecutors to Reduce Incarceration (Updated 10-22-15)
Date:  10-21-2015

Why Law Enforcement Leaders to Reduce Crime and Incarceration is pushing for strong reform policies
Via the New York Times

More than 130 police chiefs, prosecutors and sheriffs — including some of the most prominent law enforcement officials in the country — are adding their clout to the movement to reduce the nation’s incarceration rate.

Asserting that “too many people are behind bars that don’t belong there,” the officials plan to announce on Wednesday that they have formed a group to push for alternatives to arrests, reducing the number of criminal laws and ending mandatory minimum prison sentences. Members of the group are scheduled to meet Thursday with President Obama.

The group includes the police chiefs of the nation’s largest cities, including William J. Bratton of New York, Charlie Beck of Los Angeles and Garry F. McCarthy of Chicago, as well as prosecutors from around the country, including Cyrus R. Vance Jr., the Manhattan district attorney.

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On October 22, the New York Times published an editorial on why police across the country are calling for reform. Read it here.