Durbin Discusses Criminal Justice Reform Priorities With The Marshall Project

WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL), Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, met with the Board of Directors of The Marshall Project to discuss criminal justice reform priorities in Congress.

During the meeting, Durbin discussed a broad range of issues and policies aimed at ensuring a fair system of justice for all and protecting public safety, including gun violence prevention, bringing diverse perspectives to the federal bench, building on the successes of his bipartisan First Step Act, limiting the use of restrictive housing and improving oversight in federal prisons, and the urgent need to reach consensus on policing reform.

“I’ve remained steadfast in my commitment to ensuring our criminal justice system is fair and just for all. We built a strong, bipartisan coalition to help pass the First Step Act in 2018 – a remarkable accomplishment that delivered the most significant criminal justice reform in decades,” said Durbin.“Now, we build on that landmark feat by ensuring proper implementation of that law, reforming criminal sentencing policies to prioritize rehabilitation, addressing gun violence, protecting civil liberties, and confirming highly qualified and diverse judges to the federal bench. As our broad coalition continues to work together, I’m thankful for the light that The Marshall Project shines on opportunities for improvement in our criminal justice system,” said Durbin.

Photos of the meeting are available here.