31 Oct, 2011

Although the National Criminal Justice Commission Act was shot down earlier this month by the U.S. Congress, Sen. Jim Webb (D-VA) said on Friday (Oct 28) that he is not giving up. 

“I think this is one of the most vital issues in terms of how our society works,” said Webb, who re-introduced the bill in February. “We’re going to keep at it as long as we have the potential to get this done. And I think we will get this done.”

Webb addressed the American Bar Association’s Criminal Justice Section, which met on Friday in Washington D.C., assuring section members that he will continue to push for the act, which would create a bipartisan committee to review the nation’s criminal justice system and offer reforms. 

“I would like to express my appreciation for your organization, for your strong support and to give you my pledge that we are not giving up on this,” Webb said.

The ABA group’s State Policy Implementation Project aims to find ways to save state governments money through new approaches to parole and probation, inmate re-entry programs, and identifying non-violent defendants who can be released from overcrowded jails until trial.

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