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The Senate Judiciary Committee approved legislation July 21 to reauthorize the Second Chance Act, which provides resources for coordinating reentry services and policies for former inmates trying to successfully return to their communities.
The United States will continue to lead the world in recidivism rates if the substantial barriers to employment of ex-offenders are not addressed, ABA witness Stephen Saltzburg told the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) during a July 26 commission meeting.
The House Judiciary Committee approved a bill July 14 that would allow the Department of Homeland Security to detain certain immigrants beyond six months if they are under orders of removal but cannot be deported for various reasons – a step that the ABA maintains would be an overuse of immigration detention causing “irreparable harm” to those individuals and their families.
ABA President Stephen N. Zack expressed the association’s support last month for the Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors Act (DREAM Act), which would provide a path to legal residence and citizenship for certain young immigrants.
Witnesses appearing before a Senate Judiciary subcommittee July 19 expressed support for Veterans Treatment Courts, which offer structured intervention, treatment and integrated service for veterans in the criminal justice system who often are struggling with the effects of trauma from their prior military service.
The Senate Judiciary Committee held a hearing July 13 to assess what has been accomplished in the past 17 years by the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) as the committee begins consideration of the act’s reauthorization.
ABA President Stephen N. Zack urged Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (D-Ky.) last month to redouble their efforts to fill existing judicial vacancies quickly.