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NatCrimJComissionAct112thCongress

NatCrimJComissionAct112thCongress

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JEN11237 S.L.C.
112
TH
CONGRESS1
ST
S
ESSION
 
S.
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To establish the National Criminal Justice Commission.
IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES
 llllllllll 
Mr. W
EBB
introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referredto the Committee on
 llllllllll 
A BILL
To establish the National Criminal Justice Commission.
 Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representa-
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tives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,
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SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.
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This Act may be cited as the ‘‘National Criminal Jus-
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tice Commission Act of 2011’’.
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SEC. 2. FINDINGS.
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Congress finds that—
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(1) it is in the interest of the Nation to estab-
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lish a commission to undertake a comprehensive re-
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 view of the criminal justice system;
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(2) there has not been a comprehensive study 
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since the President’s Commission on Law Enforce-
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JEN11237 S.L.C.
ment and Administration of Justice was established
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in 1965;
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(3) that commission, in a span of 18 months,
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produced a comprehensive report entitled ‘‘The
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Challenge of Crime in a Free Society,’’ which con-
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tained 200 specific recommendations on all aspects
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of the criminal justice system involving Federal,
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State, tribal, and local governments, civic organiza-
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tions, religious institutions, business groups, and in-
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dividual citizens; and
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(4) developments over the intervening 45 years
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require once again that Federal, State, tribal, and
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local governments, civic organizations, religious in-
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stitutions, business groups, and individual citizens
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come together to review evidence and consider how
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to improve the criminal justice system.
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SEC. 3. ESTABLISHMENT OF COMMISSION.
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There is established a commission to be known as the
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‘‘National Criminal Justice Commission’’ (referred to in
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this Act as the ‘‘Commission’’).
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SEC. 4. PURPOSE OF THE COMMISSION.
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The Commission shall undertake a comprehensive re-
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 view of the criminal justice system, encompassing current
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Federal, State, local, and tribal criminal justice policies
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JEN11237 S.L.C.
and practices, and make reform recommendations for the
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President, Congress, State, local, and tribal governments.
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SEC. 5. REVIEW AND RECOMMENDATIONS.
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(a) G
ENERAL
R
EVIEW 
.—The Commission shall un-
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dertake a comprehensive review of all areas of the criminal
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 justice system, including Federal, State, local, and tribal
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governments’ criminal justice costs, practices, and policies.
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(b) F
INDINGS AND
R
ECOMMENDATIONS
.—After con-
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ducting a review of the United States criminal justice sys-
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tem as required by section 5(a), the Commission shall
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make findings regarding such review and recommenda-
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tions for changes in oversight, policies, practices, and laws
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designed to prevent, deter, and reduce crime and violence,
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reduce recidivism, improve cost-effectiveness, and ensure
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the interests of justice at every step of the criminal justice
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system.
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(c) P
RIOR
C
OMMISSIONS
.—The Commission shall
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take into consideration the work of prior relevant commis-
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sions in conducting its review.
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(d) S
TATE AND
L
OCAL
G
OVERNMENT
.—In making
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its recommendations, the Commission should consider the
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financial and human resources of State and local govern-
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ments. Recommendations shall not infringe on the legiti-
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mate rights of the States to determine their own criminal
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laws or the enforcement of such laws.
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