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Sat Aug 8, 2015, 09:55 PM

Martin O’Malley Says Criminal Justice Reform Would ‘Save and Redeem Lives.'

GRUNDY CENTER, Iowa—Former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley spoke at a small-town library here Friday afternoon saying he feels incarceration rates can be reduced in the U.S. by reforming the criminal justice system.

O’Malley, a Democrat running for president, would like to make greater investments as a nation “to make sure people are represented in all of our legal processes.”

“What works to save and redeem lives?” is the question O’Malley poses when approaching these issues.

He wants to expand re-entry programs and drug treatment for inmates.

O’Malley also would like to see reforms in policing.

He wants improvement in “how we police the police” through things such as civilian review boards.

Every department and civilian authorities need to “be ahead of the curve” on openness, accountability, and transparency, he said.

As governor of Maryland, O’Malley helped implement statewide goals to reduce violent crimes in his state. During his time as mayor of Baltimore before becoming governor, community-police relations were improved, he said.

He used examples from Maryland during his time in office, saying the incarceration, recidivism, and violent crimes rates all were reduced.

“Our formula…was that we would take actions, not words, but actions, to include more of our people more fully in the economic, social, and political life of our country,” O’Malley said. . .

“I believe we’re a strong enough country to give peace a chance.”


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