Did you know that Colorado is imprisoning more people than ever before even though the crime rate is at an historic low?
The Fifth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution contains the Double Jeopardy clause, which reads, "nor shall any person be subject for the same offence to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb."
Across the country, cash bail systems have been under attack as being essentially debtor's prisons. Cash bail means that many people will be kept behind bars before trial simply because they can't afford to pay. That can be devastating, often causing job loss, loss of housing and massive disruption in a person's life even though they haven't been convicted of any crime.
Although President Trump is better known for his "tough on crime" rhetoric, he recently advocated for better services for prisoners once they're released. On a Jan. 11 roundtable with lawmakers and policy wonks, Trump said he wants to "break this vicious cycle" of recidivism that, for many, involves trouble reentering society once their sentences are served.