The American society criminal justice system is in need of major reforms to make it more efficient. The current two tier “broken” system is characterized by inequality where the wealthy and connected are accorded preferential treatment over the poor. The poor are thus condemned into poverty, despair and incarceration. Innocent people are compelled to plead guilty of crimes they did not actually commit. This is both against the constitutional mandate, wasteful and at the worst morally unfit.
Charles Koch, a classical liberal proponent
of the long overdue reforms has been passionately pushing for the overhaul of the criminal justice system. The philanthropic leader, notable for his significant contribution towards solutions to social problems, emerged among the top 50 American givers in 2008. In his grant giving Charles Koch Foundation
initiative, the organization aims at advancing the understanding of the way free societies improve the well-being of people around the world. His lifelong focus is helping least advantaged people improve their lives and do away with opportunity barriers.
A number of factors have intensified the deteriorating state of criminal justice system. One of this is the shift in power balance from judges to prosecutors making them have some undue control of the grand jury process. Judges seemingly make determinations basing around “soft on crime” and “tough on crime” labels instead of facts of the crime the individual. Thirdly, individual’s reentry to the society upon serving their sentences is punitive hampering their ability to swiftly re-integrate to the society. To solve for the problems, the criminal justice system, needs t be downsized, reorient justice to be squarely around facts of the case and the individual at the center of the case.
Charles Koch’s view
on criminal justice reform clings on limited government and expansive individual liberty. This is consistent with the larger Koch’s push for less government’s intrusion into people’s lives. For Charles Koch
, the focus on criminal justice reform is nothing to do with their own interests but rather to end the two tier system that has continued to adversely affect the least advantaged. Koch is at a vantage position
to fend for itself but is aware that there are many poor people who are unable to afford it.
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