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April 29, 2010

House Members Introduce National Criminal Justice Commission Act of 2010

On Tuesday, U.S. Reps Bill Delahunt (D-MA), Darrell Issa (R-CA), Marcia Fudge (D-OH), Tom Rooney (R-FL) and Sen. Jim Webb (D-VA) announced during a press conference the introduction of H.R. 5143, the National Criminal Justice Commission Act of 2010.

The legislation will create a blue-ribbon bi-partisan commission charged with undertaking an 18-month comprehensive review of the nation’s criminal justice system. The commission will study all areas of the criminal justice system, including federal, state, local, and tribal governments’ criminal justice costs, practices, and policies.

After conducting the review, the commission will make recommendations for changes in, or continuation of oversight, policies, practices and laws designed to prevent, deter, and reduce crime and violence, improve cost-effectiveness, and ensure the interests of justice. The bill has been endorsed by approximately 100 organizations, including: The Sentencing Project; Drug Policy Alliance; The Brennan Center for Justice; Open Society Policy Center; United Methodist Church; ACLU, Families Against Mandatory Minimums, and the NAACP.

READ THE SENTENCING PROJECT'S LETTER TO THE SENATORS

Issue Area(s): Sentencing Policy, Incarceration, Racial Disparity, Felony Disenfranchisement, Drug Policy, Women, Collateral Consequences, Juvenile Justice