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BROKEN JUDICIAL SYSTEM IN 3rd WORLD COUNTRIES & IN THE WEALTHIEST COUNTRY IN THE WORLD ?

by LAWYERS FOR POOR AMERICANS Saturday, Jan. 30, 2010 at 11:18 AM
424-247-2013

TROY DAVIS & MUMIA ABU ~JAMAL ~ ARE HAVING PRAYERS FOR JUSTICE SAID FOR THEM WORLD~WIDE ..WE CAN ALL ONLY HOPE AND PRAY THAT EVERYONE IN OUR U.S.CONGRESS THAT KNOWS AND UNDERSTANDS HOW UNJUST OUR U.S JUDICIAL SYSTEM CAN BE WITH OUR POORER AMERICANS,BECOMES ACTIVE IN MAKING SURE THAT TROY DAVIS OF GEORGIA AND MUMIA ABU~JAMAL OF PENNSYLVANIA RECEIVE FAIR AND JUST TRIALS BEFORE ANY POSSIBLE FUTURE EXECUTIONS TAKE PLACE.

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THE NATIONAL CRIMINAL JUSTICE COMMISSION ACT OF 2009

The National Criminal Justice Commission Act of 2009 that I introduced in the Senate on March 26, 2009 will create a blue-ribbon commission to look at every aspect of our criminal justice system with an eye toward reshaping the process from top to bottom. I believe that it is time to bring together the best minds in America to confer, report, and make concrete recommendations about how we can reform the process. This legislation has already garnered wide bipartisan support in Congress and from interest groups representing a range of backgrounds and political viewpoints.

Why We Urgently Need this Legislation:

With 5% of the world's population, our country now houses 25% of the world's reported prisoners.

Incarcerated drug offenders have soared 1200% since 1980.

Four times as many mentally ill people are in prisons than in mental health hospitals.

Approximately 1 million gang members reside in the U.S., many of them foreign-based; and Mexican cartels operate in 230+ communities across the country.

Post-incarceration re-entry programs are haphazard and often nonexistent, undermining public safety and making it extremely difficult for ex-offenders to become full, contributing members of society.

America's criminal justice system has deteriorated to the point that it is a national disgrace. Its irregularities and inequities cut against the notion that we are a society founded on fundamental fairness. Our failure to address this problem has caused the nation's prisons to burst their seams with massive overcrowding, even as our neighborhoods have become more dangerous. We are wasting billions of dollars and diminishing millions of lives.

We need to fix the system. Doing so will require a major nationwide recalculation of who goes to prison and for how long and of how we address the long-term consequences of incarceration.

MATERIALS & RESOURCES



Read the legislation, S. 714

Fact sheet on the legislation

Senator Webb's floor speech introducing the legislation

PARADE Magazine cover story, "What's Wrong with our Prisons?" Senator Jim Webb, Sunday March 29, 2009

The scope of the problem: relevant charts and graphs

List of Support for the National Criminal Justice Commission Act Of 2009

Opening Statement of Sen. Webb at Judiciary Subcommittee Hearing on National Criminal Justice Commission Act, June 11, 2009

Watch Senator Webb's Floor Speech Introducing the Legislation, March 26, 2009

Senator Webb's article on the Huffington Post, "Why We Must Reform Our Criminal Justice System"



MATERIALS FROM PAST HEARINGS, SYMPOSIUMS

Joint Economic Committee Hearing, conducted by Senator Webb, "Mass Incarceration in the United States: At What Cost?" October 2007

Joint Economic Committee Hearing, conducted by Senator Webb, "Illegal Drugs: Economic Impact, Societal Costs, and Policy Responses," June 2008

George Mason University Symposium, hosted by Senator Webb and the GMU Administration of Justice Department, "Drugs in America: Trafficking, Policy and Sentencing," October 2008

Senator Webb's Keynote Address to the Brookings Institution's Policy Roundtable on the Challenges to Prisoner Re-entry, December 2008

NEWS ARTICLES & COMMENTARY

Virginian Pilot editorial: "Time to reconsider U.S. justice system," April 6, 2009

Fredericksburg Free-Lance Star: "Behind-bars review," April 5, 2009

The Washington Post Writers Group: "Webb Leads the Charge for Much-Needed Drug, Prison Reform," April 5, 2009

Economist: "A Nation of Jailbirds," April 2, 2009

Daily Press: "Go After the Real Problem," March 31, 2009

New York Times: "Reviewing Criminal Justice," March 30, 2009

Lynchburg News & Advance: "Webb Takes on Politics' Third Rail: Prison Reform," March 29, 2009

Salon.com: "Jim Webb's courage v. the "pragmatism" excuse for politicians," March 28, 2009

The Virginian Pilot Editorial: "Time to Rethink Goals of Prison," January 5, 2009

Roanoke Times Editorial: "The Criminal Justice System Needs Help," January 5, 2009

Las Vegas Sun Editorial: "Voice for Broken Prisons," January 3, 2009

U.S. News & World Report: "James Webb Shows Leadership Regarding Prison Reform," January 2, 2009

New York Times Editorial: "Sen. Webb's Call for Prison Reform," January 1, 2009

Washington Post: "Webb Sets His Sights On Prison Reform," December 29, 2008

Daily Press: "Alternative to Jail for Addicts Gains New Supporter," December 28, 2008

The Virginian Pilot: "Senator Elevates Debate on Failed Drug, Prison Policies," October 18, 2008

The Roanoke Times Editorial: "A Sensible Call for Sentencing Reform," October 13, 2008

Washington Post Op-Ed: "Two Separate Societies: One in Prison, One Not," April 15, 2008

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LAWYERS FOR POOR AMERICANS IS A WWW VOLUNTEEER LOBBY THAT SINGS OUT FOR OUR MIDDLE~CLASS AND WORKING POOR AMERICANS. WE CAN BE FOUND WITH ANY SEARCH ENGINE BY OUR NAME OR TELELEPHONE NUMBER.

(424-247-2013) ~ WE BRING THE GOOD LIFE TO ALL OF America's little people ON THE WEB.

***MANY MORE IN OUR U.S.CONGRESS ARE NOW HEARING THE TRUTH !!!

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