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Reform the U.S. Department of justice : you may be a populism capable of

Largely below the European threshold of perception occurs in the United States, a fundamental Reform in the criminal justice system. President Donald Trump has signed a package of legislation, which mainly pursues one goal: convicted criminals from prisons to get or not. Trump tweeted in the usual mode: "America is the greatest country in the world, and my Job is to fight for all citizens, even those who have made the mistakes."

The process is a remarkable example of why populism can be, contrary to all expectations: to detect and correct errors that he himself caused. A few years ago the Republicans had put up a fight against the Reform. They had fear, as a spineless, bend-liberal Wishes and allegations. At once to do it. You need to want it. Or need.

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Maybe it was a mixture of both. The logic, according to which crime is to combat it, especially through punishment of the Criminal, reaches its natural limits. In the USA 600 to 700 seats, out of 100 000 citizens in detention. Add to this relatives, family members, friends, it is clear that for a significant part of the company dealing with prisoners and prisons is part of everyday life. The Rap culture is an expression of it.

Exacerbating the Situation was the "Three-Strikes"rule, according to two convictions for drug-related offences in a third fact, mandatory for Life. A catchy slogan, the American people know it from the Baseball, where the batter must sit out after three verhauenen balls a round. The amendment is limited to Federal prisons, is the rule now, for the first time again.

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in this country, where 70 to 80 citizens sit 100,000 behind bars, has the Belief firmly that you just have to punish properly, to prevent crimes. A view, however only in a fine dose in the legal policy and the courts hardly reached. The media widely spread reputation to hardness meets on relatively deaf institutions.

the dispute over the crime of refugees has shifted to the problems in addition to issues of deportation. Criminal procedural innovations be discussed under exclusion of the Public, while facts only make the headlines when it comes to sexual offences or gender issues are co-negotiated ("no means no", the ban on advertising for abortion).

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U.S. justice reform, "Too many people behind bars"

Barbara Young

The German is in continuity, Americans like the turn. Trump has also demanded the death penalty for drug traffickers. It should wonder, nevertheless, no one, if he is moving towards you at some point.

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