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Criminal Justice

Background checks. Improve accuracy of background records, especially those sold to private entities.

Community supervision. Expand alternatives to incarceration such as community supervision and residential re-entry centers, both pre-trial and post-sentencing.

Criminal code. Consolidate crimes into a unified criminal code to eliminate redundancy and to ensure the criminal code is relevant.

Early release. Expand the use of early release programs where appropriate, such as for the elderly and terminally ill.

Fair sentencing. Allow federal prisoners to return to court to seek fairer sentence in line with the Fair Sentencing Act of 2010.

Job training. Expand programs that allow for job training of those incarcerated to reduce recidivism.

Judicial flexibility. Expand the existing federal “safety valve”, which applies to people who commit drug offenses, and give judges the ability to impose a sentence informed by specific factual circumstances.

Mandatory minimum sentences. Reduce the length of federal mandatory minimum sentences for non-violent offenses so the punishment fits the crime, with the goal of cutting costs, reducing recidivism and safely reducing the federal prison population.

Recidivism reduction programs. Extend programs that allow more inmates to reduce their sentences through credit for good behavior and participation in intensive recidivism reduction programs designed to rehabilitate incarcerated individuals and ensure success after release.