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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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“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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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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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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