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People have taken to the streets to air their frustration with a criminal justice system that is stacked against them, says Greg Lindberg, founder of Global Growth, a group of over 100 companies worldwide focused on healthcare and technology.

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“Not long ago, I sat in a courtroom where a Federal magistrate judge handed out multi-year prison terms every 15 minutes to a line of defendants, all of whom were people of color. I was stunned,” Lindberg says. “Few of the defendants spoke English, and all of them were non-violent offenders. I was sickened, watching people's lives being destroyed simply because they were disadvantaged and didn't have the resources to fight in court.”

People are fed up with an excessively harsh criminal justice policies that result in mass incarceration, over-criminalization, racial injustice, and stand in the way of a fair and equal society, says Lindberg.

According to Lindberg, there is injustice is at all levels of the criminal justice system today: abusive prosecutors, and law enforcement officers, including local, state and federal government agents who prey on law-abiding citizens, sometimes for their own personal gain.

“Tomorrow it could be you who they target,” says Lindberg.

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Lindberg says he supports reforms that focus on the “front end” of the criminal legal system. From policing to sentencing, the goal is to end excessively harsh criminal justice policies that stand in the way of a fair and equal society, Lindberg says.

“Major reforms are needed,” Lindberg says. “For most people, fighting the United States or a state government wipes them out emotionally, financially, physically, and even spiritually,” Lindberg says.

“We call ourselves a free society, but the United States has the highest prison and jail population and the highest incarceration rate in the world. Our country held 21% of the world's prisoners in 2015, even though we had only around 4.4% of the world's population at that time,” Lindberg says.

The First Step Act, passed in 2018 with bipartisan support, was helpful “but didn’t go far enough,” says Lindberg. “Serious judicial reform is still needed” he says.