It used to be that the Democratic and Republican parties never seemed to agree on the policies regarding the criminal justice system. Today, bi-partisan support for fixing that flawed and broken system is the norm.
On May 21 the American Civil Liberties Union held a panel discussion that included members of both parties. Presented at this panel was evidence from several states that made major changes in their criminal justice policies that slashed states’ budgets and improved public safety.
Perhaps the most progressive thing to come from this diverse panel was the unwavering support of the group for the passage of The National Criminal Justice Commission Act (S. 306.
According to the AC LU S.306 would “create a bipartisan commission tasked with examining the nation’s criminal justice system and offering reform recommendations in a number of important areas including sentencing policy, law enforcement, crime prevention, and re-entry.”
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The report Promising Beginnings: Bipartisan Criminal Justice Reform in Key States can be read by clicking on the link below.