Consider this article about the state of the US criminal justice system. here is the conclusion
The costs and consequences of having such a faulty system are profound, and go well beyond the staggering financial outlays. Operating an apartheid justice system where those at the margins are always in the crosshairs sickens our nation. So far, America is reaching for a scalpel to make changes when, the closer you look, only a wrecking ball will give us the fresh start we need.
And the political dialogue is not focused on criminal justice reform. That is indeed a sad signal.