A libertarian-leaning Minnesota rep has teamed up with a Virginia progressive to push reform initiatives
Rep. Jason Lewis, R-Minn., has taken up criminal justice system reform as one of his primary missions. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)
As lawmakers work to reconcile differences between separate Senate and House bills to reform juvenile criminal detention, leaders with vastly different ideological backgrounds have shown they are eager to work across the aisle to remake the criminal justice system.
Reps. Jason Lewis, a Minnesota Republican, and Bobby Scott, a Virginia Democrat, have spearheaded multiple efforts to that end, including a bill that passed the House last May that would provide education and vocational training resources to at-risk youth and young criminal offenders instead of levying penalties against them for petty offenses.