Hillary Clinton talks a good game on criminal justice reform. But will she deliver?

It would mean throwing out most of her previous political commitments

Hillary Clinton gives a speech at Columbia University.

Hillary Clinton gave an important speech on Wednesday laying out her vision of criminal justice reform. While she is not the most inspiring orator, she hit most of the right notes from a reform perspective, including some important issues — especially incarceration and mental health — that are often overlooked. But if Clinton really wants to address the roots of the problem, her agenda could stand some major strengthening.

A good example of the problem Clinton faces is something she mentioned positively in her speech: recent reform of the notorious sentencing disparity between crack and powder cocaine.

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