The United States Congress is considering several bipartisan efforts for criminal justice reform; and some are directly related to improving re-entry opportunities and decreasing negative collateral consequences of involvement in the criminal justice system. This year, the Re-entry and Collateral Consequences Committee (RCCC) will follow these proposed legislation, provide testimony and/or comment at hearings if possible, and look at how ABA policy does or can support these initiatives. These bills include:
· SB1513–the Second Chances Reauthorization Act;
· H. R. 2944 Safe, Accountable, Fair, Effective Justice Reinvestment Act of 2015;
· SB.675 Record Expungement Designed to Enhance Employment Act of 2015 or the REDEEM Act.
The committee chairs will also discuss (by Oct. 15) submission of a committee chapter to the State of Criminal Justice publication.