Today Reps. Jim Sensenbrenner (R-WI) and Bobby Scott (D-VA) will announce the introduction of the Safe, Accountable, Fair, and Effective (SAFE) Justice Act of 2015. They will be joined by nine Republicans and nine Democrats, making the legislation one of the most bipartisan efforts seen on criminal justice to come out of the House in a long time.
A large array of groups from the right and the left will be endorsing the legislation.
Sensenbrenner and Scott led the House Judiciary Committee’s Over-criminalization Task Force during the 113th Congress. The job of the task force was to assess the entire federal criminal justice system and recommend for improvements. Over the course of 18 months, the task force held ten hearings and heard testimony from criminal justice experts in the federal, academic, and nonprofit sectors.
Based on the work of the task force, the SAFE Justice Act will take a broad-based approach to improving the federal sentencing and corrections. It will also be the first legislation to confront the federal supervision system and seeking to make sure probation does a better job stopping recidivism at federal prisons.