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Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Criminal Justice Reform on US Senate Agenda

Speaking of prisons, and editorials, the NY Times is encouraging this weekend too, writing to adopt Senator Jim Webb's call for a commission to review our misguided criminal justice system, far more criminal than it is just.

"America’s criminal justice system needs repair. Prisons are overcrowded, sentencing policies are uneven and often unfair, ex-convicts are poorly integrated into society, and the growing problem of gang violence has not received the attention it deserves. For these and other reasons, a bill introduced last week by Senator Jim Webb, Democrat of Virginia, should be given high priority on the Congressional calendar.

The bill, which has strong bipartisan support, would establish a national commission to review the system from top to bottom. It is long overdue, and should be up and running as soon as possible.

The United States has the highest reported incarceration rate in the world. More than 1 in 100 adults are now behind bars, for the first time in history. The incarceration rate has been rising faster than the crime rate, driven by harsh sentencing policies like “three strikes and you’re out,” which impose long sentences that are often out of proportion to the seriousness of the offense."
As Lenny Bruce said, 'in the halls of justice, the only justice is in the halls.'

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