Fix the Legal System

Equal justice under the law is not merely a caption on the facade of the Supreme Court building. It is perhaps the most inspiring ideal in our society.

- Former U.S. Supreme Court Justice Lewis F. Powell Jr.

The Facts

  • The United States has 2.2 million people locked behind bars—a 500 percent increase over the past 40 years. This equates to 629 people in jail or prison for every 100,000. Meanwhile Russia has 326 per 100,000; the U.K. has 131 prisoners per 100,000; China has 119 per 100,000; Canada has 104 per 100,000; and Germany has 70 per 100,000.
  • The total cost of America’s public prison system is approaching $81 billion every year.
  • Our legal system allows anyone to sue anyone else with no consequences.

The Solutions

  • Require losers of litigation to pay attorney fees and litigation costs of the winner.
  • Set the goal of reducing the prison population in the United States by 50 percent by the end of 2028.

A Bold Plan For America

The importance of an informed citizenship has never been higher than in today’s environment of misinformation. In this book, I’ve broken down America’s 14 biggest problems and provided nonpartisan, fact-based solutions on how we can solve them.