"But unlike amnesty, Mr. Thompson said, his program forces people to take a measure of responsibility. They have to decide to deal with the issue: get up on a Saturday, visit a place teeming with the authorities and wait in line. Only then can they emerge with a clean record.
It is one front in a broader push for changes in the criminal justice system. From Baltimore to Ferguson, Mo., to Brooklyn, the scrutiny on law enforcement over the past year has given new light to longstanding inequities, and new energy to reform efforts."