On February 8, 2011, U.S. Senator Jim Webb (D-VA) re-introduced the National Criminal Justice Commission Act (S. 306), which will create a blue-ribbon commission to look at every aspect of our criminal justice system with an eye toward reshaping the criminal justice system from top to bottom. He believes that it is time to bring together the best minds in America to analyze the criminal justice system in its entirety, to examine its interlocking parts, to learn what works and what does not, and make recommendations for reform.
We will not back down. We will keep fighting.
“This week Republican Senators blocked an important opportunity to make our criminal justice system more fair and effective. They filibustered legislation I introduced to create a blue-ribbon, bipartisan commission of experts charged with undertaking an 18-month, top-to-bottom review of the nation’s criminal justice system and offering concrete recommendations for reform.
Their inflammatory arguments defy reasonable explanation and were contradicted by the plain language of our legislation. To suggest, for example, that the non-binding recommendations of a bipartisan commission threaten the Constitution is absurd.” Read more, click here.