Criminal Justice Reform, Part I, Hearing Before the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, House of Representatives, One Hundred Fourteenth Congress, First Session, July 14, 2015 [open pdf - 1MB]
This is the July 14, 2015 hearing entitled "Criminal Justice Reform, Part I," held before the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. From the opening statement of committee chairman Jason Chaffetz: "One of the things that we have to recognize, I think, as a Nation is that more than 90 percent of the people who will go to a Federal prison are going to come back out. And we have a duty and an obligation to make some determinations as to how we structure that. Are we sending the right people to prison? Are we doing the right things once they are there? And what are we doing as a Nation in order to reduce the rate of recidivism to make sure that we are protecting society and rehabilitating those who are in need of some rehabilitation? I worry that the criminal justice system today is not the system that I think we should aspire to. Some of the States are doing some innovative things, but at the Federal Government side I do think there is more that we can do to reduce the rate of recidivism, to incarcerate those and punish those that need the punishment, but also look after the taxpayer dollars. And the rise and expansion of the system is something that I would call into question and is ripe for an oversight hearing. And I appreciate the bipartisan nature, bicameral nature, in which we are going to direct this, as we hear from two Senators, two Members from the House of Representatives, and then two Governors. And then we will continue through tomorrow and hear from some others, as well." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Cedric Richmond, John Cornyn, Cory Booker, F. James Sensenbrenner, Bobby Scott, Robert Bentley, and Jack Markell.
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