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January 24, 2022

Brennan Center reviews "Criminal Legal Reform One Year into the Biden Administration"

I received via email news this morning that the Brennan Center for Justice had published this notable new short report titled "Criminal Legal Reform One Year into the Biden Administration." Here is the first part of the email, which serves as an overview of the report's coverage:

During his campaign, President Biden pledged to “strengthen America’s commitment to justice and reform our criminal justice system.” Brennan Center experts conclude that, after his first year in office, some progress has been made — but significant missed opportunities remain.  They identify eight key federal reform measures that the administration could achieve easily, in many cases without needing to rely on Congress, and detail the progress that has been made (if any), ranking them as follows:

Little or no progress

  • Overhauling federal clemency process
  • Empowering the U.S. Sentencing Commission

Limited policy changes

  • The First Step Act and the Bureau of Prisons
  • Federal death penalty
  • Private, for-profit prisons and detention centers

Notable progress

  • Federal home confinement
  • Nominations for U.S. Attorney positions and federal judgeships
  • Commitment to funding community anti-violence programs

January 24, 2022 at 10:41 AM | Permalink


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