Twitter Chat: Addressing criminal justice reform in the U.S.

There are more than 2.2 million Americans living behind bars today. When released, two-thirds of prisoners are re-incarcerated within three years. Last week, as part of our Broken Justice series, we told the stories of three soon-to-be released prisoners: Ashley, Carlos and Jordan. Their stories offered a deeper look at the challenges many prisoners face after being incarcerated and being released back into normal life.

Criminal justice reform has been at the forefront of politics lately too, with a bipartisan reform bill being introduced on Capitol Hill and the reported early release of thousands of federal drug prisoners stemming from a policy supported by the Obama Administration last year.

Join NewsHour for a Twitter chat at 1 p.m. EDT Friday to discuss some of the questions around this topic: What is the role of the U.S. criminal justice system? Is it simply punish or to reform? Why has criminal justice reform received so much bipartisan attention recently?

Joining us to answer these questions will be of General Counsel of Families Against Mandatory Minimums, Mary Price (@maryfromfamm); Founder of the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights and CNN political contributor, Van Jones (@VanJones68); Senior Vice President, General Counsel, and Secretary, Koch Industries, Inc., Mark Holden (@FixCrimJustice); Senior Staff Attorney at the Southern Coalition for Social Justice, Daryl V. Atkinson (@scsj); Staff writer at The Marshall Project, Beth Schwartzapfel (@schwartzapfel) Donna Rojas and Alisa Smedley, Workforce Development Trainers at Montgomery County Correctional Facility (@mccf_ajc); Prosecutor and member of National Association of Assistant US Attorneys, Steven Wasserman (@fedpros); PBS NewsHour Coordinating Producer Elizabeth Summers (@elizsummers) and PBS NewsHour Correspondent William Brangham (@wmbrangham). Follow along on Twitter using the hashtag #NewsHourChats.

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