Late yesterday, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill by voice vote creating a national criminal justice commission to examine and potentially reshape the American criminal justice system. This bipartisan panel is a critical step toward addressing the injustices inherent in the system, including the causes of wrongful convictions.
The bill is now pending before the U.S. Senate. Please take one minute and urge your Senators to take a leadership role in ensuring immediate passage of the bill
Innocence Project Co-Director Barry Scheck praised the House and urged the Senate to pass the legislation quickly “so that comprehensive review and reform of the system can begin in earnest.” Read the Innocence Project press release here
. The bill was initially championed by Senator Jim Webb, who said last night
that “this bill will take a long overdue, comprehensive review of our criminal justice system – taking a look at what’s broken and what works. With tonight’s success, I look forward to swift legislative action in the Senate.” Urge your Senators
to ensure that the bill is passed swiftly so we can get to work on a balanced examination of our criminal justice system.