Nine Top Criminal Justice Stories of 2016
From marijuana reform to Trump’s choice for Attorney General, take a look back at issues that had the whole country talking
1. Trump picks Jeff Sessions for Attorney General
pick for Attorney General,
Jeff Sessions, has been
lauded by conservatives
criticized by liberals.
Sessions’ prior comments on
the KKK, civil rights lawyers
have made him an easy target for progressive attacks on Trump’s cabinet. His appointment, and Trump’s law-and-order campaign rhetoric leaves open the question: is criminal justice reform dead.
2. Sheriff David Clarke at the RNC
Milwaukee County Sheriff
won the hearts of millions of conservatives and raised his national political profile when he delivered his
in primetime on Day # of the Republican National Convention. Clarke,
long a critic of Black Lives Matter
who critique police practices, became a lightning rod for
pro law-and-order conservatives.
Clarke was at one point on the
to head the Department of Homeland Security having met with President-elect Trump in November.
3. Black Lives Matter
The Black Lives Matter movement, birthed in the wake of the George Zimmerman verdict, became a
in national politics in 2016. Black Lives Matter published
policy platform in August and was a constant topic of discussion in national politics and criminal justice reform. The movement even took on
on foreign asylum seekers. All this despite being a focal point for conservative
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