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Two top goals stated in candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton's speech on criminal justice last week already were catching on before she announced her run for president.

One is to reverse the long-term trend toward mass incarceration in a nation with more than 2 million people in prison. Both progressives and conservatives formed an alliance called the Coalition of Public Safety which supports that reversal. Americans for Tax Reform and the American Civil Liberties Union are involved, backed by right-wing and left-wing foundations alike.

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Clinton also called for police body cameras to become "the norm everywhere."

Back in December, President Barack Obama called for their wider use in the wake of the Michael Brown and Eric Garner controversies. In fact, it was widely reported then that stock prices jumped for manufacturers of the equipment, including Taser, which is best known for stun guns and which earlier last year announced a supply deal with the Los Angeles Police Department.