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Mar 15, 2021

Commentary: Death-Penalty Reform Requires Action at the State Level

In the United States, the respon­si­bil­i­ty for defin­ing what is a crime and enforc­ing the crim­i­nal laws rests pri­mar­i­ly with the states. That fact, New York Times colum­nist Charles Blow (pic­tured) writes, makes action at the state lev­el “[t]he true fron­tier of crim­i­nal jus­tice equal­i­ty.” From cash bail to the death penal­ty, Blow says, “[i]f the crim­i­nal jus­tice sys­tem is to move toward racial equal­i­ty and lib­er­a­tion this change will have to start with the states.”