Criminal Justice System Evaluation is Important Step for Our Communities Says ABA President Lamm
Passage in the House of Representatives of the bill, H.R.5143, calling for an examination of America’s criminal justice system, is a timely and important step for our communities and nation as a whole.
Our nation’s criminal justice system has not been analyzed comprehensively since the late 1960s. Since then, the United States has seen an enormous increase in the number of individuals in our federal prison system, with our country now having the sad distinction with the largest incarcerated population of any nation — indeed, we imprison 2.3 million of our people at an annual cost of $57 billion.
House passage of this bill is the first step toward providing an exchange of ideas on criminal justice improvement policies, showcasing successful policies that may be adaptable in other jurisdictions, and providing for programs and policies that will allow for collaboration rather than individuals and governments working at cross purpose. Enactment will be critical to stem the tide of over-incarceration and to implement evidence-based alternatives that save money and serve public safety.
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