Criminal Justice System Improvements

Criminal Justice

The ABA plays a critical role in working with Congress to enact effective criminal laws and policies that affirm our historic respect for individual liberties and the integrity of our criminal justice system. To do this, the ABA is working in the 116th Congress to eliminate racial and ethnic bias in the criminal justice system; to promote smart sentencing, corrections, and re-entry reforms; to decrease our nation's over-reliance on means-based incarceration; and to appropriately reduce the impact of collateral consequences of criminal convictions, particularly for persons' eligibility for housing, employment, and life-sustaining assistance programs.