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Senator Webb Amendment 750 as Modified: National Criminal Justice Commission Act

Senator Webb Amendment 750 as Modified: National Criminal Justice Commission Act

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Published by Jim Webb
Updated amendment language as of October 20, 2011.
Updated amendment language as of October 20, 2011.

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Published by: Jim Webb on Oct 20, 2011
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AMENDMENT NO. 750, AS MODIFIED
Mr. REID. Mr. President, I call for regular order with respect to amendment No. 750and that the amendment be modified with the changes that are at the desk.The PRESIDING OFFICER. The amendment is pending. The amendment will be somodified.The amendment, as modified, is as follows:At the appropriate place, insert the following:
Sec.
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(a)
Short Title
.--This section may be cited as the ``National CriminalJustice Commission Act of 2011''.(b)
 Establishment of Commission
.--There is established a commission to be knownas the ``National Criminal Justice Commission'' (referred to in this section as the``Commission'').(c)
Purpose of the Commission
.--The Commission shall undertake a comprehensivereview of the criminal justice system, encompassing current Federal, State, local, andtribal criminal justice policies and practices, and make reform recommendations forthe President, Congress, State, local, and tribal governments.(d)
 Review and Recommendations
.--(1)
GENERAL REVIEW
.--The Commission shall undertake a comprehensivereview of all areas of the criminal justice system, including Federal, State, local, andtribal governments' criminal justice costs, practices, and policies.(2)
FINDINGS AND RECOMMENDATIONS
.--After conducting a review of theUnited States criminal justice system as required by paragraph (1), the Commissionshall make findings regarding such review and recommendations for changes inoversight, policies, practices, and laws designed to prevent, deter, and reduce crimeand violence, reduce recidivism, improve cost-effectiveness, and ensure the interestsof justice at every step of the criminal justice system.(3)
PRIOR COMMISSIONS
.--The Commission shall take into consideration thework of prior relevant commissions in conducting its review.(4)
STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT
.--In making its recommendations,the Commission should consider the financial and human resources of State and local
 
governments. Recommendations shall not infringe on the legitimate rights of theStates to determine their own criminal laws or the enforcement of such laws.(5)
PUBLIC HEARINGS
.--The Commission shall conduct public hearings invarious locations around the United States.(6)
CONSULTATION WITH GOVERNMENT AND NONGOVERNMENTREPRESENTATIVES
.--(A)
IN GENERAL
.--The Commission shall--(i) closely consult with Federal, State, local, and tribal government andnongovernmental leaders, including State, local, and tribal law enforcement officials,legislators, public health officials, judges, court administrators, prosecutors, defensecounsel, victims' rights organizations, probation and parole officials, criminal justiceplanners, criminologists, civil rights and liberties organizations, formerly incarceratedindividuals, professional organizations, and corrections officials; and(ii) include in the final report required by paragraph (7) summaries of the input andrecommendations of these leaders.(B)
UNITED STATES SENTENCING COMMISSION
.--To the extent thereview and recommendations required by this subsection relate to sentencing policiesand practices for the Federal criminal justice system, the Commission shall conductsuch review and make such recommendations in consultation with the United StatesSentencing Commission.(7)
REPORT
.--(A)
REPORT
.--Not later than 18 months after the first meeting of the Commission,the Commission shall prepare and submit a final report that contains a detailedstatement of findings, conclusions, and recommendations of the Commission toCongress, the President, State, local, and tribal governments.(B)
PUBLIC AVAILABILITY
.--The report submitted under this paragraph shallbe made available to the public.(C)
VOTES ON RECOMMENDATIONS IN REPORT
.--Consistent withsubparagraph (B), the Commission shall state the vote total for each recommendationcontained in its report to Congress.(e)
 Membership
.--
 
(1)
IN GENERAL
.--The Commission shall be composed of 14 members, asfollows:(A) One member shall be appointed by the President, who shall serve as co-chairman of the Commission.(B) One member shall be appointed by the leader of the Senate (majority orminority leader, as the case may be) of the Republican Party, in consultation with theleader of the House of Representatives (majority or minority leader, as the case maybe) of the Republican Party, who shall serve as co-chairman of the Commission.(C) Two members shall be appointed by the senior member of the Senate leadershipof the Democratic Party, in consultation with the Democratic leadership of theCommittee on the Judiciary.(D) Two members shall be appointed by the senior member of the Senateleadership of the Republican Party, in consultation with the Republican leadership of the Committee on the Judiciary.(E) Two members shall be appointed by the senior member of the leadership of theHouse of Representatives of the Republican Party, in consultation with the Republicanleadership of the Committee on the Judiciary.(F) Two members shall be appointed by the senior member of the leadership of theHouse of Representatives of the Democratic Party, in consultation with theDemocratic leadership of the Committee on the Judiciary.(G) Two members, who shall be State and local representatives, shall be appointedby the President in agreement with leader of the Senate (majority or minority leader,as the case may be) of the Republican Party and the leader of the House of Representatives (majority or minority leader, as the case may be) of the RepublicanParty.(H) Two members, who shall be State and local representatives, shall be appointedby the President in agreement with leader of the Senate (majority or minority leader,as the case may be) of the Democratic Party and the leader of the House of Representatives (majority or minority leader, as the case may be) of the DemocraticParty.(2)
MEMBERSHIP
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