Fresh Out of Jail, Former Top NYC Cop Says We're Putting Too Many In Prison

Former New York City Police Commissioner Bernard Kerik arrives for a court hearing in the Manhattan borough of New York August 19, 2014. Kerik has written a book about what he has learned from his years behind bars. Carlo Allegri/Reuters

Former New York City Police Commissioner Bernard Kerik was known as one of America's toughest crime fighters. Then, as he details in his new book, From Jailer to Jailed: My Journey from Correction and Police Commissioner to Inmate, Kerik found himself convicted of tax fraud and sentenced to four years behind bars.

This experience has turned Kerik into an advocate for criminal justice reform.

In my interview with him, Kerik explains how we're putting millions of people in prison for regulatory, administrative and civil issues—cases for which he believes there should be other remedies beyond turning those involved in to convicted felons.

He says the overcriminalization of America is creating a permanent, second-class citizenry and is one of the top five domestic issues the next president should address.

Genevieve Wood is a senior contributor to The Daily Signal, which is where this article and video first appeared.