Statement by Deputy Director Jessica Berry on Senate Judiciary Committee Approval of Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act

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Below is a statement from Jessica Berry, Deputy Director of the Coalition for Public Safety, on yesterday’s Senate Judiciary Committee consideration and approval of the Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act of 2015 (S. 2123), a landmark bipartisan reform package to overhaul the criminal justice system.

The measure, introduced earlier this month by a bipartisan group of Senators leading the charge for reform, is aimed at reducing disproportionate prison sentences as well as removing barriers and providing the tools for federal inmates to successfully reenter society when leaving prison – reflecting the goals and bipartisan agreements included in the Coalition’s Fair Sentencing & Fair Chances Campaign blueprint for reform. The measure is now slated to move toward the full Senate for further action.

“Today’s actions by the Senate Judiciary Committee to advance game changing justice reforms represent a critical step toward making our nation’s federal justice system smarter, fairer and more cost-effective,” said Jessica Berry, the Coalition’s Deputy Director. “Support for reforming the justice system has grown tremendously nationwide due to important public safety concerns, with many states already enacting bipartisan reforms to reduce prison populations and remove barriers for incarcerated individuals to successfully re-enter society. Members of the Senate Judiciary Committee have shown they can negotiate across the aisle. Momentum has never been greater and the time for reform is now, to finally usher in a new era of fair justice in America.”

The Coalition’s partners weighed in earlier this month on the announcement of the Senate reform package. See those statements here: