American Bar Association Urges Support of National Criminal Justice Commission
WASHINGTON, D.C., May 19, 2010 — Noting that it has been four decades since the last comprehensive study of our nation’s criminal justice system, the American Bar Association has asked members of the House of Representatives to support the recently introduced National Criminal Justice Commission Act of 2010.
In a letter sent to House members, the ABA wrote that “It is well past time for another re-examination of our criminal justice priorities, to accurately determine the measures that hold the promise of reducing the number of future victims, to assist those who break the law to avoid the downward cycle of recidivism and become contributing members of their communities, and to assure that taxpayer dollars are spent wisely.”
The bill, H.R. 5143, introduced with bipartisan support by Reps. Bill Delahunt, Darrell Issa and others, calls for a commission study expected to, among other things: allow citizens and organizations to present criminal justice improvement policies in a forum that will consider them in the context of the criminal justice system as a whole; allow national, state and local programs to showcase their successful policies and programs that might be adaptable to other jurisdictions; and bring an appropriate balance to the criminal justice system that will maximize public safety and minimize unnecessary adverse effects on offenders, their families and communities.
The entire text of the letter, signed by ABA Governmental Affairs Office Director Thomas M. Susman, can be found at http://www.abanet.org/poladv/letters/crimlaw/2010may18_ncjah_l.pdf.
With nearly 400,000 members, the American Bar Association is the largest voluntary professional membership organization in the world. As the national voice of the legal profession, the ABA works to improve the administration of justice, promotes programs that assist lawyers and judges in their work, accredits law schools, provides continuing legal education, and works to build public understanding around the world of the importance of the rule of law.
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