Donald Trump Presidency – the criminal justice system doesn’t need fixing?
Donald Trump – Judicial Reform – Police Reform
Some are already thinking that the Donald Trump Presidency will reinforce the idea the criminal justice system doesn’t need fixing.
When Trump won the election I believe police across the nation let out a heavy sigh of relief collectively.
Many departments felt that the Obama administration was hell bent on having an all out war with departments across the nation.
According to fears now, from those that support judicial reform overall, they seem to insist that Donald Trump’s presidency will reinforce the idea that the criminal justice system as a whole does not need to be fixed.
In fact some feel that if Donald Trump continues to act as if racism is not a real thing here in the US, that it could have some dire consequences for individuals of color.
Many also worry that the next administration will empower the Justice Department to be less willing to investigate civil rights violations by local police departments.
In looking back, the Obama administration did make heavy use of the Justice Department’s power to threaten lawsuits to force departments to reform themselves.
But did that really end up working?
I have posted articles about this before, it never worked. Nothing the Justice Department has done worked when you look at the long term.
When change was imposed it ended up costing communities more while departments did not lose the grants which they apply for each year.
The departments that were forced to change, never paid, the communities that they serve did.
Many also feel that police reform under the Obama administration initially started off by being more or less an iron fist against police departments that really bordered on being vengeful at times.
So what will judicial reform look like after Trump and his team step up to the plate?
It is important to highlight, that a lot of fear does come directly from Donald Trump’s past verbal assaults, behaviors and actions.
For instance right off the top, you have Jeff Sessions, Trump’s pick for attorney general.
The guy was basically denied a federal judgeship in the 80’s because of accusations of racism.
And people do have grounds to fear him being attorney general based off of that fact.
Either way, presidents only have limited power over police departments as it is and in many states, cities and municipalities change is already underway with regards to police and judicial reform.
Many police departments understand the need to create a more cohesive relationships within the communities that they serve.
DA’s and judges with poor histories in terms of racism are being voted out.
I personally, have never thought that all police and all police departments are corrupt, racist or wayward and I also feel that some Judges, courts and the like are not all that bad either.
Despite Trump’s past indiscretions during the campaign, this is what I sense is coming in Trump’s America in terms of judicial reform.
I believe that Trump and his administration actually do realize that need for reform is needed but not on the scale the media has led the public to believe.
Basically, the numbers do not back it up because we have yet to see any actual numbers.
I also believe that they will pull from departments, states, cities, and municipalities that have been successful at building solid relationships within the communities that each serves so they can help make departments in need of change, better.
Furthermore, I do believe that they will take a less heavy handed approach and sit down and work with problem departments, cities, municipalities and states to help create change when needed.
I base that off of the fact that, when push comes to shove Trump does take a realistic approach in terms of what would be successful and what would not be successful.
And in Trump’s world it has always been about striving for long term success, like him or not, agree with him or not, he has a pretty solid history of building long term success.
If Sessions works against that grain, Trump will, with no issue what so ever rid himself of that problem.
Trump and his team likewise will not cave to a media frenzy, making a mountain out of molehill philosophy.
Meaning, that they will base the decision of judicial reform off of numbers and in cases where it’s clearly misconduct, not off of being gorged and fattened with a media frenzy.
Judicial reform is an area if Trump and his team have time to deal with it, they could be quite successful at it by creating and fostering successful relationships with communities and the justice system as a whole.
Cristal M Clark
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