Following Speaker Paul Ryan’s (R-Wis.) comments Friday that the House of Representatives will bring criminal justice reform bills to the floor for a vote in September, FreedomWorks CEO Adam Brandon commented:
“We’re pleased to hear that the House will act on these common-sense reforms. Conservative states like Texas and Georgia have shown that justice reform reduces recidivism and saves taxpayers money. The federal justice system, however, has lagged far behind the efforts in these and other states. The status quo is unacceptable. We incarcerate far too many low-level, nonviolent offenders and fail to rehabilitate them. These bills echo successful state reforms and represent long overdue measures to help ease the burdens on the federal justice system and enhance public safety.
“Recent events show that justice reform is a necessity. We have to restore trust in our communities and allow police, who are asked to handle and solve too many societal issues, to focus their efforts on protecting the public. The bills that we’ve supported in the House are a good first step toward addressing the problems that leave many people behind. We urge all members, Republican and Democrat alike, to support these bills when they come to the floor for a vote.”
FreedomWorks, a partner organization of the U.S. Justice Action Network and the Coalition for Public Safety, released letters of support for three pieces of a justice reform legislation, including the Sentencing Reform Act (H.R. 3713), and signed a coalition letter in support of the Recidivism Risk Reduction Act (H.R. 759).
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