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Webb Introduces Criminal Justice Bill

Sandhya Somashekhar

Sen. James Webb (D-Va.) today introduced a bill that would create a bipartisan commission on criminal justice reform.

Webb has been an outspoken critic of the nation's drug laws and its approach toward incarceration, even though Virginia is considered a law-and-order state. In a statement on his Web site, he called the criminal justice system a "national disgrace."

By Sandhya Somashekhar  |  March 26, 2009; 6:13 PM ET
Categories:  James Webb , Sandhya Somashekhar  
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I would just like to confirm how right Sen Webb is about the prison disgrace. The drug court programs are the answer for our addicts in trouble instead of incarceration which destroys their lives to become productive people in a community. Even with high education and the ability to find success in a profession, no one wants to hire a felon and the circle starts again with failure. My son spent more than 12 years in and out of prison for drug related problems all associated with his use. Finally a drug court program with many dedicated judges,district attorneys,and counselors gave him the chance to try to gain his life back. Through the dedication of these people in the judicial system, he made it, even in his " 11th" hour. Give these drug courts the money and support they deserve. Help our graduates of this program find employment and prove they can be productive members of their community. I will be happy to attest to that. Thank you Sen Webb and all the others trying to change our judicial systems biggest disgrace.

Posted by: fallen32 | March 26, 2009 9:09 PM | Report abuse

Jim Webb has been one of the most positive developments in Virginia politics in a long time.

Good for him to taking the lead in starting a national discussion on this important issue.

Posted by: FederalGraphics | March 27, 2009 12:05 AM | Report abuse

The recent killing of 4 policemen in Oakland, and many other murders, show what can happen when people, ex-offenders or otherwise, can't find work. We can do better than this.

Posted by: newageblues | March 28, 2009 1:23 PM | Report abuse

But not by forcing employers to employ ex-felons or restricting their right to know about potential employee history. Stick with positive incentives, and the government should provide work itself if necessary. Some things are too important to leave to the market, as we've been learning lately.

Posted by: newageblues | March 28, 2009 1:29 PM | Report abuse

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