The new Administration and the 115th Congress have the opportunity to build a legacy of bipartisan leadership towards a more humane and just criminal justice system, one that supports true public safety, health, and justice for all.
This document draws upon the expertise of the working groups of the Justice Roundtable and others to provide policy recommendations to the new Administration and 115th Congress. It provides concrete proposals that, if adopted, would move us in the direction of a justice system that meets the public safety needs of our nation while respecting the dignity of all persons involved in the criminal justice system: victims of crimes, individuals
charged with crimes, law enforcement, and the
families and communities that surround them.
We urge the Administration to act swiftly to establish a criminal justice reform agenda that reflects the following overarching principles:
The recommendations that follow do not address every aspect of reforming the criminal justice system. They do, however, offer policymakers concrete and specific ideas that reflect these overarching principles and that would improve our system so that it truly serves the interests of justice, public safety, and human rights.