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Old 05-25-2009, 09:28 AM
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"Senator Jim Webb from Virginia introduced a bill on March 26, 2009 – "The National Criminal Justice Act of 2009" in attempt to revamp the prison system on a number of fronts.

For those of you directly affected by incarceration it will behoove you to take the time to educate yourselves about this Act, subsequently offering your then educated opinions and suggestions to Senator Webb. His email address is: criminal_justice@webb.senate.gov

The Institute has written to Senator Webb about his efforts, and we encourage you also to do the same after reading his legislation, letting him know you've been made aware of his efforts by the Institute (if in fact it is a true statement) if you were not aware of it prior to this email. We strongly encourage you to "tease out" issues within the legislation that aren't addressed or are inferred. Highlight them. State them. Voice your concerns. Present your questions. You know first-hand the pitfalls, the contradictions, and hypocrisy of prison sentencing, delivery of healthcare etc. No better people are equipped to zero-in on the politics of prison then the very people it effects....YOU. You know first hand through experience. He does not. Let him hear from you.

Below are links that will provide you with information about this Act. In addition, the legislation itself is attached to this email for your reference and review.
http://sentencing.typepad.com/sentencing_law_and_policy/2009/03/senator-jim-webb-takes-his-concerns-about-prison-nation-to-the-next-level.html

http://webb.senate.gov/email/criminaljusticereform.html

PARADE Magazine | Why We Must Fix Our PrisonsWhy We Must Fix Our Prisons. By Senator Jim Webb. published: 03/29/2009. Prison inmates. Inmates at a facility in California, a state that spent almost $10 http://www.parade.com/news/2009/03/why-we-must-fix-our-prisons.html

Jim Webb's courage v. the "pragmatism" excuse for politicians ...
Mar 28, 2009 ... For a Senator like Webb to spend his time trumpeting the evils of .... most politicians in most circumstances to do what Jim Webb is doing ...
=0 D http://www.salon.com/opinion/greenwald/2009/03/28/webb/

I encourage you also to cross-reference his Bill with the June 2006 "Report of The Commission on Safety and abuse in America’s Prisons". The complete report can be accessed and ordered free of charge at: http://www.prisoncmmission.org

If the Institute can provide any further information to you or help you locate additional information, don’t hesitate to let us know. "

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There was an incorrect weblink in our previous email. The correct link for the free Commission Report is: http://www.prisoncommission.org

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On June 8 2006, after a year-long inquiry, the Commission on Safety and Abuse in America's Prisons released Confronting Confinement, a report of the Commission's findings and recommendations.
Read about and download the report. On any given day, 2.2 million people are incarcerated in the United States, and over the course of a year, many millions spend time in prison or jail. 750,000 men and women work in correctional facilities. The annual cost: more than 60 billion dollars. Yet within three years, 67 percent of former prisoners will be rearrested and 52 percent will be re-incarcerated. At this moment, the effectiveness of America's approach to corrections has the attention of policy makers at all levels of government and in both political parties. The Commission and its report, Confronting Confinement, make a unique contribution to this timely national discussion by connecting the most serious problems and abuses inside jails and prisons with the health and safety of our communities. “For the vast majority of inmates prison is a temporary, not a final, destination. The experiences inmates have in prison — whether violent or redemptive — do not stay within prison walls, but spill over into the rest of society. Federal, state, and local governments must address the problems faced by their respective institutions and develop tangible and attainable solutions.”
Senator Tom Coburn, M.D. (R-OK), Chair of the U.S. Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Corrections and Rehabilitation
“Most of us in Congress and most Americans do not spend a lot of time thinking about the conditions of the prisons across our nation, but we should. We should, because, in the words of the Commission on Safety and Abuse in America’s Prisons, ‘What happens inside jails and prisons does not stay inside jails and prisons.’ And, as the Russian author Fyodor Dostoevsky once reflected, ‘The degree of civilization in a society can be judged by entering its prisons.’”
Senator Richard J. Durbin (D-IL), Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Corrections and Rehabilitation Subcommittee
“As a former prosecutor, I believe strongly in securing tough and appropriate prison sentences for people who break our laws. But it is also important that we do everything we can to ensure that, when these people get out of prison, they enter our communities as productive members of society, so we can start to reverse the dangerous cycles of recidivism and violence. The Commission on Safety and Abuse in America’s Prisons has today proposed a set of recommendations to make the country’s prisons operate more effectively for the good of the country’s prison employees, the prisoners who will be reentering society, and the cities and towns they will be rejoining.”
Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT), Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee and Member of the Subcommittee on Corrections and Rehabilitation
“The Commission’s report, released today, provides a valuable and candid look at the current state of our nation’s jails and prisons, identifying a variety of structural and administrative problems within our corrections system…[and] innovative yet viable recommendations for prison reform that Congress should seriously consider. The comprehensive findings and recommendations in this report are due in large part to the accomplished professionals who make up the Commission itself, and I commend them for their dedication.”
Senator Russell D. Feingold (D-WI), Member of the U.S. Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Corrections and Rehabilitation


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