Koch “Alliance” on Criminal Justice Reform Exposed as Trojan Horse

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Koch “Alliance” on Criminal Justice Reform Exposed as Trojan Horse

'When it came down to actual legislation, the Kochs were focused on reducing criminal prosecutions of corporations, not people.' (Photo: Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

The New York Times on Wednesday reported the shocking news that the “rare coalition” on criminal justice reform that included liberal groups and the right-wing billionaire Koch brothers is falling apart.

But as The Intercept’s Lee Fang wrote earlier this month, the ostensible alliance over liberalization of America’s criminal justice laws was based on a misunderstanding of the Koch brothers’ fundamental political goal.

That goal is, quite consistently, to advance their own corporate interests.

So, while the Kochs and the liberal groups used similar language in their critique of the criminal justice system, when it came down to actual legislation, the Kochs were focused on reducing criminal prosecutions of corporations, not people.

Koch and the House Republicans turned out to be pushing a bill that critics describe as a “Get Out of Jail Free” card for white-collar criminals.

Read the full article on The Intercept.

Dan Froomkin

Dan Froomkin is a reporter, columnist and editor for The Intercept, with a focus on coverage of U.S. politics and media.

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