Thursday, June 25, 2015

House Judiciary Committee to Hold Criminal Justice Reform Listening Session

Washington, D.C. – On Thursday, June 25, 2015 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., the House Judiciary Committee will hold a criminal justice reform listening session. At the listening session, any Member of the House of Representatives who has an idea or proposal for criminal justice reform is invited to present his or her proposal for five minutes, or submit a proposal in writing. Following the listening session, the Judiciary Committee will give due consideration to all proposals offered by interested Members on this topic.

Dean of the U.S. House
of Representatives
John Conyers, Jr.
Earlier this month, the House Judiciary Committee announced the formation of a criminal justice reform initiative.  Over the coming months, the Judiciary Committee, which has primary jurisdiction over the U.S. Criminal Code, will take a step-by-step approach to address a variety of criminal justice issues, including over-criminalization, sentencing reform, prison and reentry reform, protecting citizens through improved criminal procedures and policing strategies, and civil asset forfeiture reform.

Chairman Goodlatte and Ranking Member Conyers issued the following joint statement on the Committee’s listening session:

“This week marks the first of many steps in the House Judiciary Committee’s criminal justice reform initiative.  On Thursday, the Committee will hear from any Member of the House of Representatives who has an idea to improve our nation’s criminal justice system. The goal of the Committee’s criminal justice reform initiative is to produce strong legislation to ensure that our criminal justice system better reflects core American values and works for America.”
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