BACKGROUND INFO: In 2009, Senator Jim Webb (D-VA) and 15 bipartisan cosponsors introduced the National Criminal Justice Commission Act, S. 714 , legislation that would create a bipartisan Commission to review and identify effective criminal justice policies and make recommendations for reform. The Senate Judiciary Committee has reviewed and favorably passed the bill and it is now awaiting passage out of the United States Senate. We need your help urging Senate Leadership to prioritize and pass this important legislation!
ACTION NEEDED: On Wednesday, June 23rd, individuals nationwide will urge passage of this legislation by calling Senate Leadership to ask them to prioritize and support Senate passage of the National Criminal Justice Commission Act, S. 714. We hope that you will join us by making these critical calls!
Please call the following Senators to ask them to prioritize and support Senate passage of this legislation:
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV), 202-224-5556
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), 202-224-3135
Senate Majority Whip Richard Durbin (D-IL), 202-224-9447
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MESSAGE: I am calling to ask the Senator to prioritize and support immediate Senate passage of S. 714, the National Criminal Justice Commission Act, because:
Having a transparent and bipartisan Commission review and identify effective criminal justice policies would increase public safety.
The increase in incarceration over the past twenty years has stretched the system beyond its limits. These high costs to taxpayers are unsustainable, especially during these times of economic downturn.
The proposed commission would conduct a comprehensive national review – not audits of individual state systems – and would issue recommendations – not mandates – for consideration.
If you have any questions about the Wednesday, June 23rd National Call-In Day, please contact your regional outreach director – Amber Langston , Stacia Cosner or Jon Perri .Thank you so much in advance for your help!