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American Coalition of Criminal Justice Reform Launched

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March 30, 2015

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Bruce Fryer bfryer@sanitasint.com or (202) 455-4527

 

American Coalition of Criminal Justice Reform Launched

ACCJR to advocate for common sense, statistic-based initiatives to update criminal justice system

Today Bernard Kerik, City of New York, Police Commissioner- Retired will launch The American Coalition of Criminal Justice Reform.  ACCJR is a nonpartisan, nonprofit, organization established to advocate for common sense, statistic based initiatives that will transform our outdated criminal justice system. ACCJR works to create sensible change to state and federal laws that will improve the social and economic lives of American families.

A growing majority of Americans believe the rate and cost of incarceration are out of control.  American voters support policy changes that transition non-violent offenders from penitentiaries to more effective, often less expensive alternatives.  No longer a right and left issue, sentencing and correction reform show strong support across the political spectrum including: gender, racial and ethnic groups.  Elected leaders from both parties at every level of government are looking for ways to work across the aisle to reform our criminal justice system.

ACCJR will focus on: Prison population reduction- recommending methods to reduce the size of the Federal prison system.  Modernization- examining draconian sentencing guidelines focusing on mandatory minimums, conspiracy laws and expansion of the federal criminal code that now turns ethical, civil, and regulatory missteps into criminal conduct Accountability- evaluating current inefficiencies and waste within the criminal justice and prison systems to find solutions that safe guard tax dollars and improve outcomes.  Restoration- of basic constitutional rights that facilitate the transition back to normalized American life, except in the most extreme cases.

In the coming months, ACCJR will kick- off the “Truth in Justice” tour in the early Presidential Primary states: Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina, educating voters through Commissioner Kerik’s unique experience on both sides of the criminal justice system.  The organization will propose and support federal, state and local legislation through modern political campaign strategies and tactics to transform our outdated criminal justice system.

 

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