Monday, September 20, 2010

McEachin commends Webb's National Criminal Justice Commission Act

Donald McEachin has issued a statement commending Jim Webb's National Criminal Justice Commission Act:
I want to urge the United States Senate to quickly pass Senator Webb’s hallmark legislation that will create a blue ribbon commission to study every aspect of our criminal justice system and will be tasked with finding concrete, usable suggestions to address the serious deficiencies in the system. As we all know, our criminal justice system is in crisis. We have 5% of the world’s population, but 25% of the world’s incarcerated individuals. Moreover, in just the last thirty years, the number of drug offenders who are imprisoned has soared 1200%. Four times as many of our mentally ill are in prisons rather than mental hospitals.
Read the complete statement here.

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