House Introduces Significant Criminal Justice Legislation
WASHINGTON - Representatives Bill Delahunt
(D-MA), Darrell Issa (R-CA), Marcia Fudge (D-OH) and Tom Rooney (R-FL)
introduced an important bill addressing the criminal justice system in
the House today. Laura W. Murphy, Director of the American Civil
Liberties Union Washington Legislative Office, appeared at a press
conference announcing the bill’s introduction to show the ACLU’s support
for much needed criminal justice reform.
Justice Commission Act, would create a bipartisan commission tasked with
examining the nation's criminal justice system and offering reform
recommendations in a number of important areas designed to prevent,
deter and reduce crime and violence. Identical legislation was
introduced in the Senate last year and passed the Senate Judiciary
Committee in January.
to Laura W. Murphy, Director of the ACLU Washington Legislative Office:
in desperate need of an overhaul and the National Criminal Justice
Commission Act will put a mechanism in place that can address that need.
Our current criminal justice system is both unfair and unsustainable.
America's minorities have been suffering under our unbalanced criminal
justice system due to unfair statutes, including our disparate crack
powder sentencing guidelines. Judges are forced to use mandatory
minimums as a one-size-fits-all solution to complex cases, forcing too
many Americans to spend too much time behind bars.
criminal justice reform is needed and a comprehensive review will likely
achieve bipartisan support. The ACLU looks forward to continuing to
work with both the House and Senate in pushing for meaningful criminal
The ACLU's letter of support for the Senate version of the National
Criminal Justice Commission Act is here: www.aclu.org/racial-justice_prisoners-rights_drug-law-reform_immigrants-rights/aclu-letter-senate-supporting-s-71
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