Criminal Justice Reform Forum

October 3, 2019

Criminal justice reform in the United States is a comprehensive process that is designed to change the way the system works and how the incarcerated are treated. Last December, the U.S. Congress passed the First Step Act, which President Trump signed into law. This law, designed with bipartisan support, ensures people are prepared to come home from prison job-ready and provides incentives for incarcerated individuals to pursue classes that will help them succeed on the outside. Even with this new law, the work to reform the system is far from done.

Criminal justice reform is one of the few public policy issues that have bipartisan support at the federal, state, and local levels. Several legislators will be coming to Bradley University to discuss the current efforts on October 9, from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. in Westlake Hall Room 116.

U.S. Senator Dick Durbin and Congressman Darin LaHood will discuss bipartisan reform at the federal level, State Representative Jehan Gordon Booth will discuss the efforts at the state level and Peoria County Sheri Brian Asbell will weigh in on what's happening locally.

The program is sponsored by The Dirksen Congressional Center in partnership with the Institute for Principled Leadership in Public Service and Center for Legal Studies at Bradley University.

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