WASHINGTON, D.C. – In response to the recent outbreak of violence and the weakening relationship between police and impacted communities, Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner (R-Wis.) is advocating for increased cooperation on Congressional criminal justice reform efforts.

For the last 3 years, Rep. Sensenbrenner has led bipartisan efforts in Congress for broad-based reforms to improve the federal sentencing and corrections system, from front-end sentencing reform to back-end release policies.  

The Judiciary Committee’s bill addresses the federal supervision system – recognizing that probation often does a better job stopping the revolving door at federal prisons. The legislation, which is inspired by the successes of states across the country, will reduce recidivism, concentrate prison space on violent and career criminals, increase the use of evidence-based alternatives to incarceration, curtail over-criminalization, reduce crime, and save taxpayer dollars. 

Congressman Sensenbrenner: “For too long, our communities have been devastated by heightened criminal activity, rampant recidivism, and a fractured criminal justice system. Over the past three years, Congress has worked on a bipartisan basis to create real change by proposing evidence-based solutions, which have been proven effective in the states. Additions to our police force, as well as sentencing reforms and rehabilitation programs for incarcerated individuals are the first steps toward rebuilding our broken neighborhoods, but the problems we face today in our criminal justice system will not be solved unless Congress can work cohesively with the next Administration.”