Law Enforcement Officials Build Momentum for Justice Reform

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January 22, 2016

Earlier this week, a group of 67 former federal prosecutors and judges – “front line defenders” including two former FBI directors, an attorney general, and several deputy attorneys general – wrote a letter calling on Congressional leadership to pass the Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act, arguing the legislation is “good for federal law enforcement and public safety,” and “will more effectively ensure that justice shall be done.”

The following day, another group of over 70 law enforcement officials, Law Enforcement Leaders to Reduce Crime and Incarceration, wrote a separate letter to Members of Congress encouraging leaders to take action to reform the federal justice system. People who have spent their career keeping us safe– like New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman; Cook County, Ill., Sheriff Tom Dart; former Attorney General Richard L. Thornburgh; and B. Todd Jones, the former director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives – make the case that these reforms “can reduce crime while also reducing unnecessary arrests, prosecutions, and incarceration,” and goes on to say, “[n]ot only is passing federal mandatory minimum reform necessary to reduce incarceration, it is also necessary to help law enforcement continue to keep crime at its historic lows across the country.”

And the media is recognizing the growing momentum of law enforcement for criminal justice reform:

New York Times: Law Enforcement Officials Urge Congress to Act on Criminal Justice Overhaul
Fox News: Former federal prosecutors offer support for sentencing reform bill
Vice: Some of the Biggest Names in US Law Enforcement Just Told Congress to Fix the System
Roll Call: Former Officials Press Senate for Sentencing Bill Vote
The Hill: Law enforcement officials stump for criminal justice bill
Mother Jones: 2 Reasons Why Wednesday Was a Big Day…
Washington Examiner: Former law enforcement officials urge Senate to pass criminal justice reform

Our law enforcement leaders know what it takes to keep us safe. These letters display how a diverse group top-ranking law enforcement officials see the Senate bill as the clear path forward to reform our criminal justice system and ensure public safety.

We urge the Senate to heed their advice and pass this legislation.