Progressives getting in the right spaces and VOTING accordingly is a big part of the criminal justice answer. Check out this great story about a young Texas attorney locally reforming criminal justice as a District Attorney. There are folks that want to hear what true Progressives have to say and who believe smarter, not tougher, criminal justice policies are the way to go.
Republicans AND Democrats should both be challenged and checked on the crux of their policies by enthusiastic forward-thinkers. This is happening in Philly and other cities as well.