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“No Quick Fix” for Criminal Justice System


CEDAR FALLS, IA (CBS2/FOX28) – “I think most importantly, it’s to educate the American people and there’s no better place to do it than Iowa, where all the Presidential candidates are going to come.” Along with Bernie Kerik’s extensive knowledge and life experience on the topic of criminal justice, the ...

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Bi-Partisan Senate Agreement Lacks Mens Rea and Civic Asset Forfeiture

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WASHINGTON, D.C.  October 1, 2015 – Former New York City Police Commissioner Bernie Kerik praised members of the United States Senate Wednesday for moving ahead with legislation to bring much needed reform to the federal prison system but criticized the bill for not going further. “I’m very happy to see the Senate ...

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Kerik: Compel the Presidential Candidates to Take a Stand on Criminal Justice Reform


Last week, 24 million viewers were glued to their televisions for the most watched presidential debate in U.S. history. This wasn’t just good for Fox News and its ratings, but great news for our country. Americans care about the future of this nation. However, an historic opportunity was missed to ...

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Conservatives Push to Reform Failing Criminal Justice System


For more than 40 years, conservatives have been associated with “get tough” anti-crime policies, including stiff mandatory minimum sentencing laws. Today, however, a new generation of conservative leaders is promoting a new approach that is tough on crime without being tough on taxpayers. Right-leaning governors and state legislators have championed ...

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ACCJR Chairman Bernie Kerik on President Obama’s Commutation of 46 Non-Violent Drug Offenders


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 ...

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Kerik: New York City’s Glaring Lack of Leadership and Accountability on Jails


ACCJR Spokesman Bernard Kerik’s editorial in The New York Observer According to a recent report in the New York Times, the U.S. Department of Justice, prison reform advocates and New York City officials are in the final stages of a negotiated agreement to address violence, corruption and mismanagement that has ...

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Why One of the Country’s Toughest Cops Says We’re Overcriminalizing America

Criminal Justice Reform - Kerik Interview

From the Daily Signal Former New York City Police Commissioner Bernard Kerik was known as one of America’s toughest crime fighters. Then, as he details in his new book, “From Jailer to Jailed,” Kerik found himself convicted of tax fraud and sentenced to four years behind bars. This experience has ...

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Bernie Kerik: Solitary Confinement Cruel and Unusual Punishment


From NewsMax.com Former New York City Police Commissioner Bernard Kerik says that he considers solitary confinement to be cruel and unusual punishment, and that it’s important to consider the long-term effects of how prisoners are treated, especially those who will return to society. “There’s a purpose and a use for ...

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