Reform of our criminal justice system is becoming a hot topic in conservative circles, primarily with more libertarian thinkers. Would-be reformers are not a monolithic group with a single set of ideas and goals. Reform ideas include eliminating "mandatory minimum-sentencing," which allows no leeway for judges to evaluate each case, individually, and make allowances for exceptional ones; replacing prison sentencing with intensive drug and alcohol treatment in less expensive and less oppressive settings; decriminalizing behavior that involves only consenting adults; etc.
Conversely, not all "sob stories" are as they are made to appear. One of those is The Curious Case of Corey Jacobs: Eric Holder’s Poster Prisoner Is No Choir Boy.