Conservatives and liberals bond over criminal justice reform


Bipartisanship lives—at least when it comes to criminal-justice reform.

Koch Industries, the business empire owned by the conservative Koch Brothers, and the liberal Center for American Progress are typically archenemies in the world of politics. But the two organizations announced Thursday they are teaming up to create a new group called the Coalition for Public Safety.

“Our justice system needs reform,” Christine Leonard, executive director of the coalition, said in a statement. “It’s simply too complicated, too big, and too expensive — and all Americans are picking up that tab.”

The coalition plans a $5 million advocacy effort for reforms such as ending mass incarceration, overhauling harsh sentencing guidelines, and curtailing civil asset forfeitures. It is bringing together other conservative and liberal groups who want to enact changes to the criminal-justice system.

The groups come from different ideological perspectives and are pushing for reforms for their own reasons.

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