Exploring the National Criminal Justice Commission Act of 2009, Hearing Before the Subcommittee on Crime and Drugs of the Committee on the Judiciary, United States Senate, One Hundred Eleventh Congress, First Session, June 11, 2009 [open pdf - 12MB]
From the opening statement of Arlen Specter: "Today we have a very important hearing to explore the legislation introduced by Senator Webb on the National Criminal Justice Commission, to take up a great many topics of great importance. The Commission is structured to take up a comparison of United States incarceration policies with those of other similar political systems, including western Europe and Japan, take up the costs of incarceration policies, including those associated with gangs and drugs, the impact of gang activity in our country, drug policy and its impact on incarceration, crime sentencing and reentry, policies regarding mental illness, the historic role of the military as it impacts on these criminal law issues, and any other subjects which the Commission might deem appropriate." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Richard J. Durbin, Senator (D-IL); Lindsey Graham, Senator (R-SC); Arlen Specter, Senator (D-PA); William Bratton, Chief, Los Angeles Police Department; Pat Nolan, Vice President, Prison Fellowship; Charles J. Ogletree, Harvard Law School; Brian W. Walsh, Senior Legal Research Fellow, Heritage Foundation; Jim Webb, Senator (D-VA); Beth Mothen, Legislative and Political Director, American Federation of Government Employees; William Bratton, Chief, Los Angeles Police Department; Arthur L. Burnett Sr., Senior Judge, National Executive Director, National African American Drug Policy Coalition Inc.; Greg Capazorio, President, Criminon International; Harold W. Clarke, Commissioner, Massachusetts Department of Correction, President, American Correctional Association; Mark A. Varca, Acting Chairman, Federal Cure Inc.; Jim Gibbons, President and Chief Executive Officer, Goodwill Industries; Ronald P. Hawley, Executive Director, National Consortium for Justice Information and Statistics; David C. Fathi, Director, US Program, Human Rights Watch; Charles J. Hynes, District Attorney, Kings County, NY; Lovisa Stannow, Executive Director, Just Detention International; Don Murray, National Association of Counties; John Wesley Hal, President, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers; Center for Girls and Young Women; Greg Ridgeway, Rand Corporation; Russell Simmons, Co-Founder, Def Jam Records; and Julie Stewart, President, Families Against Mandatory Minimums.
S. Hrg. 111-411; Senate Hearing 111-411: Serial No. J-111-31
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