[Ed. – He’s already appointed a secretary of Health and Education Services.]
It should come as no surprise that President Trump, in his attempt to redeem himself with voters of color, tried to position himself as a criminal justice reformist, even saying that he has done more for criminal justice reform than any other president. Trump’s record on criminal justice reform tells a different story.
That record is punctuated by publicized disgraces like the pardon of Joe Arpaio, who famously set up a Tent City to jail and dehumanize Latinx people in Arizona. Trump also sent national troops to stop Black Lives Matter protests across the country, and he failed to denounce white supremacists during the first presidential debate that showcase he doesn’t care about real justice reform.
While the First Step Act was a change in the right direction, real justice is about getting at the roots of the problem, not tinkering with a single symptom.