July 6, 2009 11:46AM

Senator Webb: Time to reinvent criminal justice system

Interesting article in today’s Washington Post on Senator Webb’s efforts to revamp the American criminal justice system. Here’s an excerpt:

“I am, at bottom, a writer,” he says, invoking his default response. “I start with a theme, rather than a plot.” Webb wants to shape a plotline that, with each turn of the page, draws America closer to reinventing its criminal justice system. Questioning why the United States locks up so many of its youths, why its prisons swell with disease and atrocities while fundamental social problems persist in its streets, has earned Webb lavish praise as a politician unafraid to be smeared as soft on crime. And when a law‐​and‐​order type as rock‐​ribbed as Webb expresses willingness to consider legalizing or decriminalizing drugs, excitement follows.

Read the whole thing. Tomorrow Cato will be hosting a Hill Briefing about federal drug policy. For additional Cato work, go here and here.