- Holly Harris: 2016 was a year of national partisan gridlock, but states got things done
- 2017 could show an even bigger impact on incarceration problem, she writes
Holly Harris is executive director of the U.S. Justice Action Network, the largest bipartisan organization working to reform the justice system. The opinions expressed here are hers.
(CNN)2016 will never be known as the year America engaged in deep policy debates. The presidential campaign became mired in personal attacks, Republicans and Democrats retreated to their corners, and there wasn't much oxygen left for conversations on how to fix our country's biggest problems. For that reason, groundbreaking bipartisan efforts on the Hill to reform our federal justice system failed to get a floor vote in either chamber in the 114th Congress.