Millennials Lack Confidence in Judicial System

This week the Federal Bureau of Prisons announced plans to release 6,000 convicted drug offenders early. It is the largest ever one-time release of federal prisoners. The action goes along with the Justice Department's instructions to prosecutors to give non-violent drug offenders reduced sentences. This followed signficant public calls for sentence reductions as well as public hearings with testimonies from former Attorney General Eric Holder and other federal officials.

Millennials' attitudes toward the US judicial system reflect this national call for change. In our April 2015 Harvard Public Opinion Poll, nearly one in two 18 to 29 year olds do not have confidence in the US judicial system's ability to fairly judge people without bias for race and ethnicity.