Former New York Police Commissioner and Chairman of the American Coalition for Criminal Justice Reform (ACCJR), Bernie Kerik in response to today’s announcement by President Barack Obama regarding the commuted the prison sentences of 46 drug offenders issued the following statement:
The American Coalition of Criminal Justice Reform applauds President Obama’s commutation of 46 non-violent drug offenders and recognizes this is the tip of the iceberg when it comes to righting the injustices levied by the Federal criminal justice system. ACCJR urges the President and members of the House and Senate to continue commonsense criminal justice reform. We must address prosecutorial misconduct, BOP oversight, and prison population reduction. Mandatory minimums and sentencing guidelines must be brought into check. Our prison rehabilitation programs should prepare inmates for life beyond prison walls, instead of serving as a way to pass time on the inside. And in the spirit of second chances, we must adopt legislation that ensures full rights restoration for nonviolent offenders once they have paid their debt to society. As it stands, second chances are meaningless if non-violent offenders continue being deprived of their civil and constitutional rights for the remainder of their lives.
The American Coalition for Criminal Justice Reform is a nonpartisan, nonprofit, organization established to advocate for common sense, statistic based initiatives that will transform our outdated criminal justice system. ACCJR engages in direct education and advocacy of criminal justice reform at all levels of government to create sensible change to state and federal laws that will improve the social and economic lives of American families.
ACCJR is led by Bernard Kerik, one of the most accomplished leaders in law enforcement, correction, and national security in the United States. His unparalleled achievements as New York City’s Police and Correction Commissioner, and his 30 year career in the criminal justice field, coupled with his later incarceration, has provided Mr. Kerik with a unique and one-of-a kind perspective into the U.S. criminal justice and prison systems.
Mr. Kerik is available for media interviews on Thursday July 16, when President Obama becomes the first sitting President to visit a federal prison. Please contact Bruce Fryer at firstname.lastname@example.org for scheduling.