The National Criminal Justice Commission—where do your Senators stand?

Today the IACP held the third in a series of live webinars intended allow police chiefs throughout the country to exchange ideas and best practices, and discuss the challenges they are facing and the solutions they have identified. Hundreds of chiefs from the United States and around the world joined us for these very informative and thoughtful discussions.

The topic of today’s webcast was the creation of a national commission on the criminal justice system. Policing has changed significantly since the last commission—the 1965 President Johnson Commission—and the IACP is working to make a new commission a reality.

A piece of legislation, introduced by Sen. Jim Webb (D-VA) and strongly supported by the IACP, would establish a national commission. The legislation was voted on in late October, 2011 but, unfortunately, it needed 60 votes to pass and fell short of that mark and was voted down 57-43.

During the webcast, many asked how their Senators voted. To view the vote, please follow this LINK. Thank you to all who participated and thank you to SAS, a leading provider of analytic solutions, for hosting this electronic dialogue.