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Webb Commission To Study Criminal Justice System June 11, 2009

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On March 26, Senator James Webb (D-Va.) introduced S. 714, the National Criminal Justice Commission Act of 2009, legislation that would create a blue-ribbon commission charged with conducting an 18-month, topto-bottom review of the nation’s entire criminal justice system and offering concrete recommendations for reform. The bill would create an 11-member commission, nominated by the majority and minority leaders in the House and Senate, and the Democratic and Republican Governors Associations. The chairperson would be appointed by President Obama. Among the commission’s duties are a comparison of incarceration policies in countries with similar political systems and an examination of current drug policy and its impact on incarceration, crime and violence, sentencing, and reentry programs. In a statement on the legislation, the principal Republican cosponsor of the bill, Senator Arlen Specter (R-Penn.), ranking member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, outlined the outcomes he hopes to see from the commission, including the proper role of incarceration as a means to achieve accountability and public security. FAMM is a leading organization developing support and working for passage of the legislation.



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