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For Immediate Release

Daniel Schuman 202-580-6922

Coalition Releases Criminal Justice Policy Roadmap for Next Administration and Congress


A coalition of more than 20 organizations and individuals is
pleased to announce the publication of a catalogue of key criminal justice
issues and policy recommendations for the next administration and congress.

Virginia Sloan,
President of the Constitution Project, which coordinated the coalition's efforts,
said: "'Smart on Crime: Recommendations
for the Next Administration and Congress'
reflects the ongoing,
collaborative efforts of a coalition of more than twenty leading organizations
and individuals to provide policymakers with a framework for addressing
criminal justice issues. The catalogue includes recommendations drawn from the
shared knowledge and experience of a broad coalition of groups devoted to improving
our criminal justice system."

The catalogue identifies 43 criminal justice priorities in
15 issue areas, makes recommendations for congressional and executive action,
and provides in-depth background information on a broad array of subjects. It
also includes lists of issue-based resources and experts.

The catalogue is available online at

For policy questions, please contact the individuals or
organizations identified in the catalogue as experts. Please direct general
questions to Daniel Schuman at the
Constitution Project.

A list of authors, contributors, and consultants is available
. Many additional organizations from across the political spectrum have
signed on to specific recommendations. Please consult the appropriate chapter to
see a list of supporters.

The report contains the following chapters:

Overcriminalization of Conduct, Overfederalization of Criminal Law, and
the Exercise of Enforcement Discretion

Federal Law Enforcement Reform - Improve Investigative
Techniques, Including Eyewitness Identification, Incentives to Testify, and

Forensic Science Reform-Federal Oversight and Standards

Federal Grand Jury Reform

5. Federal
Sentencing Reform

6. Asset
Forfeiture Reform

7. Innocence

Prison Reform

Pardon Power/Executive Clemency- BreatheNew Life into the Pardon Power

10. Re-entry-Ensure
Successful Reintegration After Incarceration

11. Public
Defense Reforms-Make our Communities Safer by Supporting Quality Public Defense

12. Death
Penalty/Habeas Corpus Reform

13. Juvenile
Justice Reforms

14. Fixing
Medellin: Compliance with International Law and
Protecting Consular Access

15. Victim
Issues and Restorative Justice

The Constitution Project is a politically independent think tank established in 1997 to promote and defend constitutional safeguards. More information about the Constitution Project is available at