One of the main reasons I supported Jim Webb for the U.S. Senate in 2006 was the fact that the man is a deep thinker. Webb has shown time and again that he is willing to roll up his sleeves and do the homework necessary to be an effective legislator. Webb's predecessor famously said that he was bored in the U.S. Senate, and I suppose that's possible when you aren't really interested in crafting good legislation and doing the hard work that goes along with the job.
Jim Webb has taken a hard look at our nation's criminal justice system and feels as though this is an area of government badly in need of reform, and I tend to agree with him. Like so much of Jim Webb's thinking, his work on reforming the criminal justice system is based on his belief in preserving the fundamental fairness of our society. Now Webb wants to begin the process of wide-ranging, bipartisan reform by creating a commission to study the problems that are crippling our criminal justice system.
Webb has done his homework on this issue, and he invites you to look over his shoulder and check his work. You can visit Webb's "National Criminal Justice Commission Act of 2009" web page and find dozens of links to the legislation itself, reports, articles, interviews, speeches, and other supporting materials.
One reason Webb was so effective in passing his reform of G.I. benefits in 2007 is his willingness to do the homework and master the details. Mastering the details makes it possible for him to work across the aisle and convince supporters and opposition alike. I'm looking forward to seeing what legislation Senator Webb produces as he moves this process forward.
For now, Virginians of all political stripes should support Senator Webb's efforts to move this issue forward by urging the passage of the National Criminal Justice Commission Act of 2009. Do your own homework, and support Senator Webb's efforts to move reform forward.