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National Call-In Alert: The National Criminal Justice Commission Act

Submitted by David Borden on (Issue #659)
Consequences of Prohibition
Politics & Advocacy

US Senate
In 2009, Senator Jim Webb (D-VA) and 15 Republican and Democratic cosponsors introduced the National Criminal Justice Commission Act, legislation that would create a bipartisan Commission to review and identify effective criminal justice policies and make recommendations for reform. The House of Representatives and the Senate Judiciary Committee have passed the bill, which now has 39 Senate cosponsors, but the bill still awaits final passage during these last few weeks of the Congressional session. If NCJC doesn't pass this year, it will all have to be done over again in 2011.

Today is the National Call-In Day for Passage of the National Criminal Justice Commission Act. Please call the following Senators to ask them to prioritize and support Senate passage of the NCJC Act, H.R. 5143 and S. 714, this year:

  • Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV), 202-224-3542
  • Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), 202-224-3135
  • the two US Senators from your state -- call (202) 224-3121 or click here to look them up.

The following is a message for your call to the Senators' offices:

I am calling to ask the Senator to prioritize and support immediate Senate passage of the House-passed National Criminal Justice Commission Act, H.R. 5143/S. 714, because:
  • Having a transparent and bipartisan Commission review and identify effective criminal justice policies would increase public safety.
  • The increase in incarceration over the past twenty years has stretched the system beyond its limits. These high costs to taxpayers are unsustainable, especially during these tough economic times.
  • The proposed commission would conduct a comprehensive national review -- not audits of individual state systems -- and would issue recommendations -- not mandates -- for consideration.

Write back if you have any questions, and please let us know if you learn anything about your Senator's intentions from your phone call. Thank you for taking action.

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eadvocate (not verified)

I made my calls and have made them several times in the past.  I don't think it will pass now and of course the new congress will not pass it.  The Prison Industrial Complex has too much money and influence as well as huge corporations who profit from prisons.

We must keep fighting as long as it takes.

Thu, 11/18/2010 - 1:49pm Permalink
natalie scholl (not verified)

needless to say I'm a drug offender who has been seeking help for my problem, but due to all the budget cuts and my own financial difficulties have found it rather hard get into a decent program that would benefit my needs of treatment. what i don't understand is why America would rather put drug offenders in jail or prison, and hide the problem, then to just fix the problem itself. Speaking for myself as a drug offender,I am tired of my ongoing life style, but to find the treatment to help change my life and be a productive citizen i can't afford. America thinks by locking all of us up is going to make things better but that is not true it only makes thing worse, same for all the federal indictments. The truth to the matter is drug user's are running from something they don't want to deal with. maybe if America would invest more money into are treatments so we can get the help we need psychiatrically then, the "12 steps," we would not have as many repeated drug offenders. all we need is better treatment and a second chance without discrimination and we would see the difference in America.     

Mon, 11/22/2010 - 10:04pm Permalink

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