At the end of April, the ACUF Center for Criminal Justice Reform team traveled to Grand Rapids, Michigan for ALEC’s Criminal Justice Task Force Meeting. It was there that legislators from all over the country, as well as a multitude of organizations, heard from criminal justice reform activists such as Prison Fellowship’s President, Craig DeRoche who discussed federal reentry initiatives, or Right on Crime’s Vice President on Criminal Justice Policy, Marc Levin, who discussed criminal justice fines and fees with lawmakers across the country. The Task Force was also set up to listen to, introduce, and vote on model legislation which is why we were there.
On Monday, the ACU Foundation's Center for Criminal Justice Reform in partnership with FreedomWorks sent a letter to the House Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism & Investigations prior to the Bureau of Prison's Oversight Hearing with BOP Director Mark Inch. The letter highlights our collective areas of concern with current BOP operations and offers areas to explore reforms. The letter can be found below:
In February, ACUF's Center for Criminal Justice Reform sent a letter to members of Congress applauding the approach taken by the SAFE Justice Act, legislation sponsored by Reps. Jason Lewis (R-MN) and Bobby Scott (D-NY). This legislation contains principles that have been proven to reduce incarceration, the burden on taxpayers, and most importantly crime rates in states like Texas, Georgia, and South Carolina. Read the letter below:
On Thursday, a group of Bipartisan Organizations sent a letter to Congress urging the inclusion of the House-passed amendments regarding civil forfeiture be included in the year-long appropriations bill. You can read the letter below:
ACUF wants to ensure that law enforcement has the tools to go after major drug dealers. But too often, our police and prosecutors overuse civil asset forfeiture, often times relying on forfeiture funds to pad their budgets. Civil asset forfeiture allows the government to take a citizen’s property based on the mere suspicion that it is connected to a crime. To get it back, the burden falls on the owner (at his/her own expense) to prove otherwise. Last September, the US House of Representatives unanimously voted to put reasonable restrictions on asset forfeiture. If you want to voice your opinion to the people who will be deciding whether to keep these restrictions in place, please call both of your Senators. They can be reached at: 202-224-3121. To stay connected to ACUF on this issue, please click here.