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Reduce punishments for some federal offenses

The Obama administration and an interesting alliance of liberal democrats and libertarian Republicans in Congress were working together to reduce punishments for some federal criminal offences. It was one of the only policy areas on which some self-described Tea Party Republicans and president Obama could agree. I had no heartburn with the specific proposals, which all seemed quite honest and reasonable to me. But a national conversation about murder spikes--and what might be causing it--was the last thing that advocates of criminal justice reform wanted. I understood that. But I couldn't bear to be silent about the deaths of so many young black men and the possibility that broad changes in human behavior might be some part of that.

So I talked about that subject again, in Chicago, in late October 2015. I talked about the lines of community and police arcing away from each other. Each time somebody interprets the #BlackLivesMatter as anti-law enforcement, one line moves away.

Source: A Higher Loyalty, by James Comey, p.143-4 , Apr 17, 2018

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