Sending Office: Honorable Theodore E. Deutch
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Supported By:  National Association of Police Organizations (NAPO), International Association of Chiefs of Police, the National Consortium for Justice Information and Statistics (SEARCH), American Psychiatric Association, Fraternal Order of Police, National Association for Public Defense, Coalition of Bar Associations of Color (CBAC)

Dear Colleague,

            It has been more than 50 years since a commission conducted a comprehensive review of our nation’s criminal justice system.  That commission produced a report in 1965 which made 200 recommendations addressing all aspects of the criminal justice system and led to significant reforms of the system.  However, over the intervening 50 years, there have been substantial changes in our criminal justice system, including approximately 6.74 million people being under some form of correctional supervision.  This equates to approximately one in every 37 adults in the U.S. being involved in our correctional system.  Moreover, our current criminal justice system has put a significant strain on federal, state, and local government budgets and resources.  In fact, our nation is spending over $109 billion per year on criminal justice systems.  Our criminal justice system is broken and in desperate need of repair.


            The complexity of our criminal justice system requires a thorough review of the entire system.  The National Criminal Justice Commission Act (H.R. 1886) is a bipartisan bill that would assemble a commission of 14 experts with experience in law enforcement, court administration, victims’ rights, and other areas to conduct a complete review of all facets of our criminal justice system.  The Commission would have 18 months to make findings and, with unanimous support of the Commission members, provide recommendations to Congress.  Congress would not be bound to the recommendations, but could consider each recommendation to reform our criminal justice system.  In addition, the Commission would be prohibited from infringing on the rights of states to determine their own criminal laws and enforce those laws.  And the funding for the Commission is already available.


            Our Nation’s criminal justice system is badly in need of repair.  The National Criminal Justice Commission Act would provide invaluable analysis and recommendations from experts in the field on how we can repair the system to ensure that the interests of justice are being observed and address the costly impacts of our broken criminal justice system.  I hope you will become a cosponsor.  If you would like additional information, please contact Joshua Lipman on my staff or x68590.




Theodore E. Deutch

Member of Congress



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