More than 130 current and former police chiefs, sheriffs, attorneys general and leading prosecutors are joining the movement to reduce the country's incarceration rate and reform how it treats offenders.
They've formed a new group called Law Enforcement Leaders to Reduce Crime and Incarceration, which released a report Wednesday stating that "too many people are behind bars that don't belong there." They are urging alternatives to mandatory minimum prison sentences, among other reforms.
The group includes the police chiefs of some of America's largest cities, including New York City, Chicago, Washington, D.C., Boston, Houston, New Orleans and Los Angeles.
The group touts itself as "130 members hailing from all 50 states, from all divisions of law enforcement, and from across the political spectrum."
It's significant that law enforcement officials, who have historically been among the most vocal opponents of reform, are now joining the movement to cut down on incarceration. In its own press release today, the group referred to itself as "a surprising new voice" for reform.