In their resolution, the U.S. Conference of Mayors, “Affirms its support for the National Criminal Justice Commission Act of 2011 and calls upon the United States Congress to enact the bill before the conclusion of the 112th Congress.”
The campaign for the act has been led by U.S. Sen. Jim Webb,
“Such overwhelming support from our nation’s mayors is a major step forward in securing passage of this vital legislation,” Webb said. “Since first introducing this bill in 2009, my office has worked tirelessly to build the case for reform with state and local leaders from across the political spectrum. This endorsement from the bipartisan United States Conference of Mayors should be clear evidence of the crucial need for swift reform of America’s criminal justice system.”
The act would create a commission of experts charged with undertaking an 18-month review of the nation’s criminal justice system and offering concrete recommendations for reform. It was first introduced March 26, 2009, and was approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee on Jan. 21, 2010, with 39 bipartisan co-sponsors. On July 28, 2010, it passed the U.S. House of Representatives, with the support of Rep. Bill Delahunt, D-Mass., and Rep. Lamar Smith, R-Texas, now chairman of the House Judiciary Committee.
Webb said, despite strong bipartisan support, the bill was blocked in the Senate last year, but was reintroduced by Webb on Feb. 8, 2011.
Malone was not available Friday for comment.