The International Association of Chiefs of Police says it is “imperative” that Congress approve the Nataional Criminal Justice Commission proposed by Sen. Jim Webb (D-VA). In a press conference yesterday, IACP President Michael Carroll, chief of the West Goshen (PA) Township Police Department, said, “For far too long our nation's law enforcement and criminal justice system has lacked a strategic plan that will guide and integrate public safety and homeland security's effort in the years ahead . The IACP calls on the Senate and the House of Representatives to act quickly to approve this urgently needed legislation.”
Webb’s bill, which has been approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee, would establish blue-ribbon commission charged with reviewing the nation's criminal justice system and offering concrete recommendations for reform. It has been endorsed by 35 senators from both major parties and more than 100 criminal-justice organizations. Those at yesterday’s press conference backing the bill included Sens. Orrin Hatch (R-UT), Arlen Specter (D-PA), and Lindsey Graham (R-SC).