Today, more than 6.5 million people are entangled in the criminal justice system: in prison or jail, on probation or parole. That’s a broad net -- one that affects almost every part of life in the United States.
But the incarcerated and their families often feel the effects most acutely.
The Atlantic gathered a few of these families, as well as lawmakers and policy experts, to discuss criminal justice reform. They discussed the new federal First Step Act, which should help nonviolent felons; what’s happening in the states; and what should -- or should not -- happen next.