After this past legislative year, my answer to that may be irrational. A friend of mine was elected to be Secretary of State. He and I personally know our state legislator and went to him with a prison reform bill that would require people in prison to earn their early release - such as get a GED to earn a quarter of their sentence taken off and another 20 percent if they got some transferable job skills. It had several options... time reduced for successful completion of a drug rehab program while incarcerated, etc.Why do you think none have done so?
Instead, our legislator (A Republican BTW) wasted time with submitting a "Hate Crime Bill" that is already covered by federal statutes. There are a lot of good ideas being presented to the elected officials, but rarely does anything get done unless the controlled news and entertainment media get involved.