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December 11, 2015

Background from the White House on Criminal Justice Reform

Senior Advisor Valerie Jarrett and White House Counsel Neil Eggleston met with Koch Industries General Counsel Mark Holden to discuss criminal justice reform. This was a productive conversation about the importance of focusing legislative efforts on areas in which there is strong bipartisan agreement. All agreed that the Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act of 2015 would represent an important first step forward.

The conversation highlighted the need for a sustained commitment to criminal justice reform at all phases of the system. This includes programs to support at risk-populations who face frequent interactions with the criminal justice system; the Administration’s concerns on pending mens rea legislation; the adverse impact of overly harsh fees, fines, and bail systems on the poor; removing barriers that prevent formerly incarcerated individuals from holding occupational licenses; and greater focus on re-entry programs to support those who have served their time and are seeking to earn a second chance. All committed to push for additional reforms that would make our justice system smarter, more effective, and more fair. The group looks forward to meeting again in the near future.

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