Washington, D.C. – The Justice Action Network, the largest bipartisan organization working to reform the justice system in Congress and across the country, issued the following statement following the Senate Judiciary Committee markup of the Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act, which passed out of committee with a bipartisan vote of 16-5:
“On days like today, we should look at the big picture and consider how far the criminal justice reform movement has come,” said Holly Harris, Executive Director of the Justice Action Network. “We are no longer arguing over whether we should have reform, but rather what degree of reform we should enact. That’s a great day in Washington for any issue. We are proud of our champions like Senator Mike Lee and Senator Cory Booker, not to mention Chairman Chuck Grassley who underscores what this movement is all about: changing hearts and minds.
“It was great to be a witness to this vote with our partners like the ACLU, FreedomWorks, and the American Conservative Union. Together, we look forward to an aggressive push for a floor vote on the strongest possible bill to reform our broken system.”
The Justice Action Network recently released national polling on justice reforms, finding overwhelming bipartisan support for these issues across the country.