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Criminal justice reform must get local

President Barack Obama, alongside Charles Samuels, Bureau of

President Barack Obama, alongside Charles Samuels, Bureau of Prisons director, right, and Ronald Warlick, a correctional officer, left, looks at a prison cell as he tours a cell block at the El Reno Federal Correctional Institution in El Reno, Oklahoma, on Thursday, July 16, 2015. Credit: Getty Images / Saul Loeb

46 -- That's the number of drug offenders whose sentences President Barack Obama commuted last week. This brings his commutation total for all types of crime to 90, the most by a president since Lyndon B. Johnson.

On Thursday, Obama also became the first sitting president to visit a federal prison, part of a renewed effort to address our country's overcrowded prisons. While criminal justice reform is moving in Congress, most change still has to come at the state and local levels for it to be meaningful.


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