U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions is moving to reverse Obama policies in federal prosecutions that he views as soft on drugs. Doing so, though, could increase costs. A similar tough-on-crime approach in Michigan would reverse years of inmate declines.
For indigent defendants awaiting trial, a $1,000 bond might as well be all the money in the world, turning county jails into debtors’ prisons. Data points to a better way.