Conservatives—and Trump Voters—Overwhelmingly Support Criminal Justice Reform, New Poll Says

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“The criminal justice system has gotten so big, and so vast, that virtually every American has some exposure"
Vikrant Reddy
Senior Research Fellow, Charles Koch Institute

When asked what that personal relationship with incarceration might mean for how the Trump administration could galvanize its base to pursue criminal justice reform, Reddy referenced the opioid crisis that is crippling communities nationwide.

“Trump did very well in areas where the opioid crisis has hit America the hardest. Anybody who’s followed the opioid crisis and followed the electoral map in November noticed this. It would make sense to pursue more treatment and rehabilitation options, and for the federal government to find ways to incentivize those types of reforms at the state level. That’s definitely an area where the administration could exercise real leadership.”

This poll—while just one body of research—indicated what the Vera Institute of Justice has long believed to be true: there is a real appetite for criminal justice reform in America that exists on both sides of the political aisle. 

Reddy agreed that the issue was one that has become so pervasive that it can no longer be ignored.

“The criminal justice system has gotten so big, and so vast, that virtually every American has some exposure—a relative, a friend, maybe even themselves—and that’s something that transcends any political label.”