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Be Smart on Crime

Submitted by Thinking CAP on Mon, Jul 4, 2011 - 3:06 pm

http://BeSmartOnCrime.org

The Smart on Crime Coalition has re-convened to provide the 112th Congress and the Administration a comprehensive view of the federal government’s role in improving criminal justice systems.

The Coalition is comprised of more than 40 organizations and individuals, who participated in developing policy recommendations across 16 broad issue areas. These organizations and individuals represent the leading voices in criminal justice policy.

They have a report called Smart on Crime: Recommendations for the Administration and Congress (Executive Summary) which:

examines the entire criminal justice system, from the creation of new criminal laws to ex-offenders’ reentry into communities after serving their sentences. Our comprehensive recommendations range from helping to restore and empower victims to identifying ways to protect the rights of the accused.

Due to the undeniable human costs and the overwhelming fiscal costs, Americans from diverse political perspectives--particularly professionals with experience in all aspects of the criminal justice system--recognize that the system fails too many, costs too much, and helps too few. Smart on Crime provides the most promising recommendations for resolving our nation’s criminal justice crisis.

Hit their homepage and find three videos. They also have a YouTube channel: http://www.YouTube.com/user/Const...

Here are some of the organizations outlined on the About page:

CONTRIBUTORS

Overcriminalization of Conduct, Overfederalization of Criminal Law, and Exercise of Enforcement Discretion
American Bar Association
American Civil Liberties Union
Families Against Mandatory Minimums
National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers

Asset Forfeiture
Americans for Forfeiture Reform
Criminal Justice Policy Foundation
English & Smith, LLP
Institute for Justice
National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers

Federal Investigations
Innocence Project

Federal Grand Juries
American Bar Association
National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers

Forensic Science
Innocence Project
National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
National Legal Aid and Defender Association

Innocence Issues
Innocence Project

Indigent Defense
American Bar Association
Brennan Center for Justice
The Constitution Project
National Association for the Advancement of Colored People Legal Defense and Education Fund
National Legal Aid and Defender Association

Juvenile Justice
American Psychological Association
Campaign for the Fair Sentencing of Youth
Campaign for Youth Justice
Center for Children’s Law and Policy
Coalition for Juvenile Justice
Just Detention International
Phyllis Lawrence, Restorative Justice and Capital Mitigation Specialist
National Juvenile Justice Network
Sentencing Project
RFK Juvenile Justice Collaborative

Federal Sentencing
American Bar Association
American Civil Liberties Union
Drug Policy Alliance
Families Against Mandatory Minimums
Law Offices of Margaret Love
National Association for the Advancement of Colored People Legal Defense and Education Fund
National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
National Legal Aid and Defender Association
Sentencing Project

Improving the Prison System
ACLU National Prison Project
ACLE Washington Legislative Office
D.C. Prisoner’s Project
Families Against Mandatory Minimums
Just Detention International
Law Offices of Margaret Love
Legal Action Center
National Legal Aid and Defender Association
Open Society Policy Center
Prison Fellowship

Death Penalty
American Bar Association
Amnesty International
The Constitution Project
National Association for the Advancement of Colored People Legal Defense and Education Fund
The Raben Group

Fixing Medellín: Ensuring Consular Access Through Compliance with International Law
Amnesty International
The Constitution Project
The Raben Group

Pardon Power & Executive Clemency
American Civil Liberties Union
Criminal Justice Policy Foundation
Families Against Mandatory Minimums
Law Offices of Margaret Love

Reentry: Ensuring Successful Reintegration After Incarceration
Brennan Center for Justice
Jennifer Collier
Council of State Governments
Drug Policy Alliance
Legal Action Center
Open Society Policy Center
The Sentencing Project

Victims Issues & Restorative Justice
Just Detention International
Phyllis Lawrence, Restorative Justice Consultant and Capital Mitigation Specialist
Prison Fellowship

System Change
Brennan Center for Justice
Council on State Governments
Families Against Mandatory Minimums
Innocence Project
The Sentencing Project