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Letter to Congress on the Prison Reform and Redemption Act

The narrow prison reform bill backed by the White House and being considered by Congress is an incomplete starting point for fixing our broken justice system, the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law said in this letter to Judiciary Committee leadership in Congress.

Published: April 18, 2018

The Center joins 60 civil rights groups, includ­ing the Lead­er­ship Confer­ence for Civil and Human Rights, ACLU, and NAACP Legal Defense Fund – who sent a similar letter – in our concerns about back-end only reforms that don’t address how indi­vidu­als get to prison in the first place.

While effect­ive reentry and rehab­il­it­a­tion services are import­ant, the Bren­nan Center emphas­izes that “making such reforms a cent­ral legis­lat­ive goal, rather than part of a compre­hens­ive pack­age that includes senten­cing reform, unne­ces­sar­ily limits the range of achiev­able reform at a key junc­ture” when there is bipar­tisan support for some­thing more compre­hens­ive. The letter urges commit­tee lead­ers to continue efforts to pass the Senten­cing Reform and Correc­tions Act, which would reduce the number of federal pris­on­ers and was close to passage last year.

Letter to Congress on the Prison Reform and Redemp­tion Act