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ABA urges support for commission

The American Bar Association has asked members of the U.S. House to support the recently introduced National Criminal Justice Commission Act of 2010, the first such comprehensive study in four decades.

H.R. 5143 calls for a commission study designed to allow national, state and local programs to showcase successful policies and programs that might adapt to other jurisdictions and balance the criminal justice system by maximizing public safety and minimizing unnecessary adverse effects on offenders, their families and communities. 

In a letter sent to House members, the ABA wrote that “It is well past time for another re-examination of our criminal justice priorities, to accurately determine the measures that hold the promise of reducing the number of future victims, to assist those who break the law to avoid the downward cycle of recidivism and become contributing members of their communities, and to assure that taxpayer dollars are spent wisely.”

The entire text of the letter can be found at www.abanet.org/poladv/letters/crimlaw/2010may18_ncjah_l.pdf.