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Criminal Justice Reform Isn’t ‘Soft on Crime’


Law enforcement officers, taxpayers, prosecutors—and anyone else—who oppose criminal justice or prison reform are either ill-informed on the issues or are looking at the situation through the wrong end of the telescope. As United States District Judge Jed S. Rakoff wrote: “The criminal justice system in the United States today ...

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ACCJR Spokesman Bernie Kerik Quoted in The Hill


“Whether it is the incarceration of young blacks sentenced to draconian sentences for low level, first-time, nonviolent drug offenses, or white-collar, first-time offenders sentenced to tens of years — and even life — in prison, one thing is for sure: We are creating a permanent American underclass of society that ...

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Kerik Pushes Back Against Criminal Justice Reform Opponents


Excerpted from “The GOP Argument Against Criminal Justice Reform Just Got Dismantled”  Bernard Kerik, a former New York City police commissioner who later served federal prison time, has completely dismantled conservative Republican arguments against a Senate bill that would reform the criminal justice system. Kerik, an advocate for justice reform, ...

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Letter from Law Enforcement Community to Congressional Leaders

criminal justice reform

We write to express our support for the Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act of 2015 (S. 2123), similar to the Sentencing Reform Act of 2015 (H.R. 3713). As current and former leaders of the law enforcement community — police chiefs, U.S. Attorneys, federal law enforcement, and heads of national law ...

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ACCJR Supports The Sentencing Reform Act of 2015


WASHINGTON, D.C.  November 18, 2015 – Today, the House Judiciary Committee approved by voice vote, The Sentencing Reform Act of 2015 (H.R. 3713) designed to reform federal sentencing laws.  This bi-partisan initiative reduces certain mandatory minimums for drug offenses, including the three-strike mandatory life sentence to 25 years and the ...

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ACCJR Supports Ban On Hiring Bias, Urges Further Reform

criminal justice reform

WASHINGTON, D.C. November 2, 2015 – President Obama announced yesterday a new executive order to reduce potential discrimination against former convicts in the hiring process for federal government employees. The White House said the president’s order would take immediate action, mandating that the federal government’s HR department “delay inquiries into criminal history until later ...

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White House Symposium on Criminal Justice Reform

Criminal Justice Reform White House

Washington, DC, October 23, 2015 – Bernard Kerik, former New York City Police Commissioner (Retired) and Co-Founder of The American Coalition for Criminal Justice Reform joined dozens of police chiefs, federal and state prosecutors, and attorney generals at a panel discussion on criminal justice reform – to discuss the reduction ...

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Bernie Kerik led American Coalition for Criminal Justice Reform Supports End of Civic Forfeiture Laws

American Coalition for Criminal Justice Reform

WASHINGTON, D.C. October 8, 2015 – Bernie Kerik, former New York City Police Commissioner and co-founder of the American Coalition for Criminal Justice Reform, commends House members and supports the passing of the Civil Asset Forfeiture Reform legislation introduced today by House Judiciary Committee Members, Reps. Goodlatte (R-VA- 6), Conyers ...

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