Senator Jim Webb, a Democrat from Virginia, joined members of the House of Representatives recently to announce the introduction of house companion legislation to Webb’s National Criminal Justice Commission Act of 2010.
In January, the Senate Judiciary Committee approved the legislation with 37 bipartisan cosponsors, the legislation has been supported by a broad spectrum of organizations and newspapers.
The National Criminal Justice Commission Act, S. 714, creates a blue-ribbon bipartisan commission charged with undertaking an 18-month comprehensive review of the nation’s criminal justice system. The Commission will study all areas of the criminal justice system including federal, state, local and tribal governments’ criminal justice costs, practices, and policies. After conducting the review, the Commission will make recommendations for changes in, or continuation of oversight, policies, practices, and laws designed to prevent, deter, and reduce crime and violence, improve cost-effectiveness, and ensure the interests of justice.
To read the act: http://thomas.loc.gov/