S.714 - National Criminal Justice Commission Act of 2009

A bill to establish the National Criminal Justice Commission. view all titles (3)

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  • Official: A bill to establish the National Criminal Justice Commission. as introduced.
  • Short: National Criminal Justice Commission Act of 2009 as introduced.
  • Short: National Criminal Justice Commission Act of 2010 as reported to senate.

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  • skip292 04/02/2009 9:10am

    This is an absolute intrusion into State Government and is not part of the Constitution! Congress makes Federal laws and the States met or exceed those laws. If you don’t like what the states are doing, change the Federal Law!

  • tmcdonaldcan 04/14/2009 2:49pm

    I hope this will allow for the relaxation of federal laws and allow the states to govern themselves

  • tednunn 04/14/2009 4:15pm

    As Senator Webb points out, we’re either the most violent country on the planet, or we’re doing something terribly wrong. What we’ve been doing up to this point is not working, and we need creative ideas to move forward in a better direction.

  • sirreene 06/12/2009 4:38am

    Something must be done about our system. When non-violent offenders are incarcerated for years it costs us, the tax payers billions of dollars. Some of these incarcerated non-violent, harmless inmates must be released early on home confinement and pay their own expenses!

  • bradtumer 06/16/2009 8:20am

    My understanding of this bill is that it is meant to look very hard at the Controlled Substances Act of 1970 and the Drug War. Ideally this piece of legislation would be repealed and states would be able to enforce the standards of their citizens without federal interference.

    Of course, Congress does have the authority to prohibit or tax the importation of drugs from other countries, or drugs produced in one state and sold in another, but California growers who sell “medical” marijuana to California residents should be left alone since their state has decided that their activity is legal.

  • phoenix0469 09/20/2009 7:46am

    There are many parts of the current system. As the wife of a non-violent, non-drug offender, I am mortified by the information I have been receiving. One of those things is that inmates that have been model prisoners and have a good family support system and are employable are being DENIED early release to a halfway house. Now maybe it’s just me but wouldn’t they be the ones you WOULD send?
    I also know that the medical attention these people get is atrocious. I am a nurse so I am familiar with the standards of normal care. My husband is a diabetic and it took them over 2 months to have him seen by an MD for an open wound on his foot, then when they did see him the back-dated the report! If I did that in the hospital I work in I’d go top jail for falsifying a medical record.
    I can only pray that Webb and the rest get a move on this bill and take a true look at the way we have handled things up until now and finally make some changes that make sense.

  • x684867 11/04/2009 4:52am

    Has anyone stopped to consider the factual basis for the current sex offender registration laws or their effects?

    (1) According to US Department of Justice statistics, only 5% of sex offenders released in 1994 were returned to prison for a new sex crime.

    (2) According to the California Attorney General’s office, “90% of child victims know their offender, with almost half of the offenders being a family member. Of sexual assaults against people age 12 and up, approximately 80% of the victims know the offender.” (Citing “Facts About Sex Offenders,” http://www.meganslaw.ca.gov/facts.aspx?lang=ENGLISH)

    (3) States already have registries, and now the federal government is imposing its legislation on a state matter, threatening to remove 10% of federal funds from non-compliant states. This is more about money than public safety.

    (4) Do you consider your federal government MORE efficient and responsive to the public interest than the states?

    These laws are a bad idea.

  • chrisnull 12/03/2009 5:00pm
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    These laws are just another step toward complete federal control. States are losing their rights, and people forget that only at the state level do we really have a significant say in our government. Large corporations, lobbyists and power hungry egos have control of the federal government. There is just so much wrong with this legislation. I can’t beleive that there are so many supporting it. We can’t let this happen!

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    TheresaKnox 09/15/2010 10:43am

    Do you think the people rotting in prison for non-violent offenses care about whether the State should do something about it or the Feds should?? What have you personally done to change anything? Whatever it was, it wasn’t enough, cuz here it is 9 months later and you haven’t fixed it yet. Quit contributing to the fractioning of this country! The more people like you squabble about who’s really in charge, the more muddled the issues become. We already have too many factions of the government, too many ‘individual’ state laws, too many political parties. All any of that does is serve to keep the citizens from coming together, to keep us bickering about bullshit so we don’t see the big picture and we never come together.

  • lead6_87 12/09/2009 5:23am

    The War on Marijuana is a 75 year multi-billion dollar logistic and legislative failure. Its time to stop wasting an estimated $10 Billion annually on a policy that makes itself evident that it does not work and never has or will. With strict regulation and control similar to the tax and sale of alcohol or tobacco the Pot Industry would create a new market employing thousands of people and bring billions in tax revenue. We WANT the government to tax our weed, we WANT to pay you for it! Its a virtually non-toxic herb that, for millions of people, improves quality of life both medicinally and recreationally. The notion that our government has been locking people up for marijuana for nearly an entire century is nothing shy of both ludicrous and obscene. Stop this senseless policy of pot prohibition. Legalize it. Tax it. Regulate it!!!!

  • Paladinnh 12/29/2009 7:33am

    Are you kidding me? Pot harmless? Haven’t you seen “Reefer Madness”? Those people scare me, and should all be locked up forever… LOL

    I think all these pot smokers are causing mutations in our genome too. I mean, all of a sudden we have cannabinoid receptors… Sound like the work of demons.

    Here, read for yourself http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cannabinoid_receptor

    Talk about being dependent on drugs, its like humans evolved to best exploit the plants in the environment or something… Creepy..

    But don’t take my word for it…

  • Paladinnh 12/29/2009 9:11am

    O, right. And one more thing… I have proof that the devil weed kills brain cells.

    This page – http://cancerres.aacrjournals.org/cgi/content/abstract/61/15/5784

    Second sentence (just ignore the rest, its all lies anyway), see the part about killing brain cells, and I quote

    “We have shown previously that the growth of the rat glioma C6 cell line is inhibited by psychoactive cannabinoids”

    See, it kills G6 glioma cells. In your face hippies.

    I think I’ll keep my glioma cells thank you very much.

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    TheresaKnox 09/15/2010 10:36am


    If you’re looking for proof of what Cannabis does to human brain cells, please click this link.

  • levirox 01/11/2010 6:16pm

    The money wasted on incarceration of non-violent offenders is rediculous. Anybody sitting in prison soaking up tax dollars due to a criminal Marijuana conviction should be released and given the opportunity to return to their families, get jobs and buy stuff and help get our economy rolling again.

    Stop wating tax dollars on the failed “War on Drugs”, it isn’t working!!!

    Legalize it. Tax it. Regulate it!!!! Washington, California, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Nevada all have Legalization Initiatives in the works for the November Ballot. Wake up!! Listen to your constituents.

    We want to legally take a toke without fear of incarceration!!!

  • Skratch 01/17/2010 6:07pm

    i am so glad Senator Webb put this bill up. god bless anyone who supports it. this is BADLY needed in America today.

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  • ljemineth 03/04/2010 4:16pm

    Our criminal justice system is a national disgrace. This bill is long overdue. We need to look at evidence based approaches to what works on which individuals to decrease recividism to truly make our communities safe. Thank you Senator Webb for the introduction to this bill.

  • sodabeer 04/07/2010 2:17pm

    From failing penitentiaries to failed drug addiction recovery programs to failed Drug Abuse Resistance Education to a backlogged court system to a troubled and strained mass of police forces in our country as well as strained cooperation between state and federal forces means this bill is desperately needed if we wan’t our modern era to be better than previous eras.

  • neromyn1 06/19/2010 9:13pm

    Our criminal justice system is horrible. It really need to be remodified. The sentencing, and the treatment of those who have been convicted is disgusting. They are treated like animals, most of there sentencing seems like your just throwing away the key without trying to here and look at the whole story. The medical care well most of them probably would die before they get any and if they are so lucky they are talked to in the most disrespecting way. Its long overdue for a change, and it needs to happen asap.

  • TheresaKnox 09/15/2010 10:30am

    Check out the Vienna Declaration and if you’ve never heard of it, ask why!


    It is created by experts all over the world, and calls for the global overhaul of the manner in which drug offenses are handled, due to the alarming amount of prisoners currently within the system, the increasing rate of AIDS deaths worldwide, and the preservation of dignity for those who have had the misfortune to become addicted to drugs. And yes, for the record, legalizing and de-criminalizing Cannabis would free up a whole lotta prison space.

    Also today is the national day to call in to your U.S. Senators and vocally add your support of this bill!


    This is OUR country! If you’re dissatisfied enough to comment, go a little further and tell your Senators!

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