Washington, DC – Senators Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) and John Cornyn (R-TX) today introduced the Corrections Oversight, Recidivism Reduction, and Eliminating Costs for Taxpayers In Our National System (CORRECTIONS) Act, which is based on successful criminal justice reforms from states like Rhode Island and Texas that have lowered recidivism rates, reduced crime, and saved taxpayer dollars. Senator Mike Lee (R-UT) is an original cosponsor of the legislation.
“Rhode Island succeeded in helping more inmates get help, gain skills, and stay out of prison after their release. That’s led to big gains for former inmates, our prison system, and the communities where prisoners return. Senator Cornyn’s and my bipartisan legislation would use smart reforms from states like ours to improve the federal prison system,” said Whitehouse, a former U.S. Attorney and Attorney General for Rhode Island. “Our bill has been an important part of bipartisan comprehensive criminal justice reform legislation in the Senate in recent years. I hope it will trigger further good-faith negotiation on sentencing and prison reform solutions.”
“Texas has successfully implemented reforms that have reduced recidivism rates and saved taxpayer dollars,” said Cornyn. “The CORRECTIONS Act builds off this model by fostering partnerships with faith- and community-based organizations to help better prepare low-risk offenders to become productive members of society. I hope the Senate can follow Texas’ lead and implement these commonsense, bipartisan reforms.”
Endorsements and Support:
The CORRECTIONS Act of 2017 is endorsed and supported by a wide array of interest groups and organizations, including the Prison Fellowship, the Faith & Freedom Coalition, the Alliance for Jewish Renewal, the International Community Corrections Association, the American Federation of Government Employees (Prison Guards Union), the National Criminal Justice Association, the Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association, the National District Attorneys Association, Major County Sheriffs of America, the Major City Chiefs Police Association, the International Chiefs of Police, Americans for Tax Reform, the American Conservative Union, and Right on Crime.