Cory Booker Named Chair of Senate Panel on Criminal Justice and Counterterrorism

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Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) will chair the Senate Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on Criminal Justice and Counterterrorism in the 117th Congress, reports Insider New Jersey. The subcommittee’s jurisdiction includes oversight of: the Justice Department’s Criminal Division; the Drug Enforcement Administration; COPS and other law enforcement grant programs; the Bureau of Prisons; the US Sentencing Commission; the Office of National Drug Control Policy; the Department of Homeland Security’s functions that relate to anti-terrorism enforcement and policy; and more.  Booker has made championing reforms of America’s broken criminal justice system a top priority during his time in the Senate and was one of the key architects of the most sweeping overhaul of the criminal justice system in decades, the First Step Act. “Our nation’s broken criminal justice system is a stain on the soul of our country, the result of decades of failed policies that have broken apart families and communities and have not made us safer,” Booker said. “The burden of this broken system has been disproportionately and dramatically borne by Black and brown Americans, and the poor. It’s past time for change.”

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