Sensenbrenner, Scott to Introduce SAFE Justice Act Bipartisan Effort to Enact State-tested Criminal Justice Reform Legislation
WASHINGTON, D.C. – On Thursday, June 25th, Representatives 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. Representatives Sensenbrenner and Scott led the House Judiciary Committee’s Over-criminalization Task Force during the 113th Congress. The task force was charged with assessing the entire federal criminal justice system and to make recommendations for improvements. Over the course of 18 months, the task force held 10 hearings and heard testimony from numerous stakeholders, including 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 system, from front-end sentencing reform to back-end release policies. It will also be the first bill that addresses the federal supervision system – ensuring that probation does a better job stopping the revolving door at federal prisons. The legislation, which is inspired by the successes of states across the country, will reduce recidivism, concentrate prison space on violent and career criminals, increase the use of evidence-based alternatives to incarceration, curtail overcriminalization, reduce crime, and save money.
Congressman Jim Sensenbrenner (R-WI)
Congressman Bobby Scott (D-VA)
Other Original Co-Sponsors and Supporters
Press Conference to announce introduction of the SAFE Justice Act
2237 Rayburn House Office Building
Thursday, June 25, 2015 at 2:15 p.m.
Media interested in attending Thursday’s press conference, please RSVP to Nicole Tieman (Sensenbrenner). Nicole.firstname.lastname@example.org or David Dailey (Scott), email@example.com