Category Archive for: Criminal Justice Reform

Urge your Senators to support the Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act and urge Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to bring it to the floor for a vote!

by Administrator

Last fall, a bipartisan group of Senators introduced the Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act (S. 2123), the most significant criminal justice reform the United States Congress has considered in decades. The bill offers sensible reforms to our criminal justice system designed to reverse mass incarceration, including reducing mandatory minimum sentences for nonviolent offenses and examining…

JCPA at the White House

by jgilad

Last week, JCPA’s Director of Legal Affairs and Policy Development Hanna Dershowitz made a presentation at the White House before President Obama’s Advisory Council on Neighborhood and Faith-Based Partnerships and Administration staff. The Council is making recommendations to the President on a broad range of race, justice, poverty, and related issues. Dershowitz has been advising…

Can a person have a fair chance without access to housing?

by jgilad

This week is National Reentry week, a time when the Department of Justice and other federal agencies, returning citizens, and advocates work to raise awareness of our nation’s need to reform our criminal justice system and better reintegrate formerly incarcerated individuals into society. In the United States, nearly 100 million adults have criminal records and…

United Nations General Assembly Special Session

by jgilad

United Nations General Assembly Special Session, or UNGASS, is a meeting of UN member states to assess and debate global issues, and, last week, there was a special session held on global drug policy at the UN headquarters in New York. The last time a special session on drugs was held in 1998, its focus…

(Some Of) What You Need To Know: Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act

by Administrator

(Some Of) What You Need To Know: Sentencing Reform and Corrections ActThis What You Need To Know (WYNTK) is only an overview of a very complex piece of legislation aiming to reduce mandatory minimums for nonviolent drug offenders. This edition will focus on the Senate’s version of bill, S.2123 that spurred a national conversation last…