Over the years one of the most pressing concerns on the left has been the total reformation of the U.S. criminal justice system. Since its founding in the late 1820s, the U.S. criminal justice system has, for its entire history, been plagued by the fact that minorities are incarcerated at rates far surpassing their white counterparts. This has long been a serious point of contention between prisoner rights groups and hardline law and order types, who have been in charge of administering the criminal justice system since its inception.Despite decades of intense efforts at reformation, nothing has proven to be successful over the long term. Progressive organizations have spent millions of dollars attempting all types strategies to reform the system, none of which has shown any real long-term consequence. In fact, the problem has only grown worse since the 1970s. A crime wave that took place between the mid-1960s and mid-1970s led to the explosion of incarceration rates into the 80s and 90s, which have largely remained unabated at extremely high levels. Unfortunately, the brunt of this mass incarceration has been felt by minorities, in particular, blacks.
But one of the biggest names in progressive advocacy has stepped up to the plate with a new plan to reform criminal justice in the United States. George Soros is one of the lions of the left. He has been almost single-handedly responsible for toppling oppressive governments throughout the Soviet bloc. He has also been a major contributor to U.S. politics, donating more than $50 million over the last decade to presidential politics. But now, Soros is concentrating his immense wealth and strategic insight into changing criminal justice, from the ground up.
Through donating money to the campaigns of carefully selected progressive candidates for offices of sheriff, district attorney and judgeships, Soros is replacing those who actually hold the levers of power within the criminal justice system. It is little known that one of the most powerful positions in the U.S. criminal justice system is that of the district attorney. This is largely due to the fact the prosecutors hold the power of the plea bargain and prosecutorial discretion. This gives prosecutors throughout the United States the power to effectively control who goes to jail and who stays out.
Soros realized that by controlling who is in the office of the prosecutor, the proportion of minorities who are charged, convicted and ultimately sentenced to prison can be manipulated at the lowest levels of the criminal justice system. With this new strategy,George Soros believes that the placement of progressive candidates in the office of prosecutor throughout the country may be the missing link in the effort to radically skew the proportion of minority sent to prison in the United States back towards levels that more accurately reflect an abiding sense of fairness.