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STATEMENT BY BERNARD B. KERIK on RECIDIVISM REDUCTION, AND ELIMINATING COSTS FOR TAXPAYERS IN OUR NATIONAL SYSTEM (CORRECTIONS) ACT

MEDIA STATEMENT

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

STATEMENT BY BERNARD B. KERIK, FORMER NEW YORK CITY POLICE AND

CORRECTION COMMISSIONER REGARDING THE CORRECTIONS OVERSIGHT,

RECIDIVISM REDUCTION, AND ELIMINATING COSTS FOR TAXPAYERS IN OUR

NATIONAL SYSTEM (CORRECTIONS) ACT

February 16, 2015

WASHINGTON – This week U.S. Sens. John Cornyn (R-TX) and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI)

announced their plans to introduce the Corrections Oversight, Recidivism Reduction, and

Eliminating Costs for Taxpayers in Our National System (CORRECTIONS) Act. The bill,

which focuses on lower-risk prisoners to participate in recidivism reduction programs to earn

up to 25 percent of their sentence in prerelease, is a good beginning to what we hope will be

an ongoing robust debate on reforming our criminal justice system. Structured correctly with

the necessary amendments, this piece of legislation could start reducing recidivism and our

prison population, while saving the American taxpayer millions.

In response to introduction of the Correction Oversight Recidivism Reduction, and Eliminating

Costs for Taxpayers in Our National System (Corrections) Act, Former NYC Police and

Correction Commissioner Bernard B. Kerik issued the following statement:

“We need to evaluate and consider successful reform strategies from various states

that limit the size, scope and reach of the Federal System that have achieved success

that both sides of the isle can agree upon. The economic and social collateral costs of

felony convictions within our present system are unsustainable and creating a second-
class society beyond time served.

Study after study, has proven that our current laws and policies generate dismal return on

investment – generating more crime than it stops and impedes the meaningful reentry into

American society.

Without the courage and leadership of Senators Cornyn, Whitehouse, Lee, Durbin, Leahy,

Booker and Paul and Representatives Sensenbrenner, Labrador, Conyers and Scott, it will

remain this way for decades to come.

In a free and democratic society such as ours, justice should not slaughter one’s rights to

freedom and liberty or their ability to be returned to society as a fully empowered citizen,

except in the most extreme cases.”

About Bernard B. Kerik

Bernard B. Kerik is 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, prompting him to become an

advocate for criminal justice and prison reform in America.

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For more information contact:

Chad L. Proudlock at proudlock@accjr.org or (202) 341-9171

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