Time For a 21st Century National Crime Commission?

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President Lyndon Baines Johnson appointed the 19-member Commission on Law Enforcement and Administration of Justice in 1967. Illustration by Kip via Flickr

Does the nation need a new blue-ribbon commission to study the criminal justice system?

Some prominent members of the American Society of Criminology believe it does, and they are continuing to press for one, despite the idea's failure to gain traction among lawmakers so far.

The last such panel was convened by President Lyndon B. Johnson a half-century ago, and produced a lengthy report that experts consider a landmark. Last year, the criminologists heard from U.S . . .

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