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New arrivals wait to be assigned to cells at the Deuel Vocational Institution in Tracy, Calif. on Feb. 20, 2014.

Why Obama must act on mass incarceration

The US has 5% of the world’s population -- but 25% of its prisoners. Fortunately, at a time of great partisan divide, prison reform is one area with bipartisan consensus. An increasing number of Americans understand there’s no reason we should have the world’s most gigantic prison population. That is why Obama should act now, with bipartisan support and momentum, to tackle the growing problem of mass incarceration.

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