Demand Congress Pass Comprehensive Federal Criminal Justice Reform This Year

We need to reform our broken federal criminal justice system to give judges the ability to hand out sentences that match the crime, prepare prisoners to safely reenter their communities and focus taxpayer dollars on enhancing public safety.

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"There are over 2 million people in our prisons. Many of them are not hardened criminals. They’re not violent. A lot of them are just people who made a mistake. I think we need to let more people earn a second chance at life. Instead of locking people up, why don’t we unlock their potential?"

-U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Paul Ryan

“…our organization feels the latest version of the bill strikes the appropriate balance between targeting the highest level drug traffickers plaguing our communities, while simultaneously decreasing crime rates and addressing the burgeoning prison population.”

-National District Attorneys Association (NDAA)

“Our experience has shown us that the country can reduce crime while also reducing unnecessary arrests, prosecutions, and incarceration. We believe the Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act will accomplish this goal and respectfully urge you to support it.”

-Law Enforcement Leaders

“Congress has the opportunity to rationalize our criminal justice policies and reform sentencing for individuals who pose the least risk. Reform is imperative, not just for its economic or budgetary benefits, but for individuals who deserve a second chance and the families and communities who stand beside them.”

-Douglas Holtz-Eakin, American Action Forum President

“If our prison policies are failing half of the time, and we know that there are more humane, effective alternatives, it is time to fundamentally rethink how we treat and rehabilitate our prisoners.”

-Pat Nolan, Director of the American Conservative Union Foundation’s Center for Criminal Justice Reform

“These reforms can set those who have committed low-level offenses on the right path to turn their lives around. Policies like these are being considered on the federal level and we urge our members of Congress use New York steps as an example of reform.”

-Marc Levin, Policy Director, Right on Crime

“The driving force behind our successes have been conservative victories in reforming the justice system in red states with Republican governors and legislatures… Liberals are following along but they did not forge this path.”

-Grover Norquist, Americans for Tax Reform President

“This legislation is modeled after successful Texas reforms that have rehabilitated prisoners, reduced crime rates, and saved taxpayer dollars. This bipartisan package will protect law enforcement’s ability to aggressively target violent criminals and serious offenders, while focusing on justice, rehabilitation, and public safety.”

-U.S. Senator John Cornyn, Senate Majority Whip

“Reforming our federal criminal justice system doesn’t require us to avert our eyes from a person’s crimes, or make excuses that blame someone, or something else for the choices he made. No, it requires looking squarely at the facts of the case, no matter how ugly or wicked; holding offenders directly and personally accountable for their crimes; and devising a punishment that fits both the crime and the criminal.”

-U.S. Senator Mike Lee

“It’s the product of thoughtful bipartisan deliberation, and I thank my colleagues for their hard work to promote opportunities to reduce recidivism while protecting our communities from violent career criminals.”

-U.S. Senator Chuck Grassley

“We maintain the tools law enforcement needs to continue making sure that the worst drug traffickers and violent criminals stay off of our streets. We also provide flexibility in sentencing for those offenders that deserve it.”

-U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham

“The House Judiciary Committee has been hard at work on a number of bills to improve our nation’s criminal justice system and I am pleased that we have reached a bipartisan solution to reform federal sentencing requirements.”

-U.S. Representative Bob Goodlatte, House Judiciary Committee Chairman

Why Act Now?

  • The federal prison system is by far the nation’s biggest jailer, with nearly 200,000 inmates at the end of 2015.
  • The federal prison population has grown nearly 700% since 1980.
  • Only 7% of federal inmates are in prison for a violent offense.
  • Federal prison costs have also spiked since 1980, growing almost twice as fast as the rest of the US Department of Justice (DOJ) budget.
  • An expert bipartisan congressional task force found that the Bureau of Prisons’ “rapid population growth” has created “hazardous conditions in its facilities” while producing “only modest public safety benefits—at best.”

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