News 11.16.10

Down to the Wire: Call on Senate Leaders to Create a Criminal Justice Commission

The U.S. Senate returned to session yesterday, but there are only a few days left to pass a bill creating a national criminal justice commission.

Today’s the day to ensure that this critical bill gets a vote in the Senate. Innocence Project supporters are joining thousands of activists across the country today in calling on two key Senate leaders to bring the bill before the full Senate for a vote.

Please take two minutes to call the Senate Majority and Minority Leaders today, or

send them an email here

. Talking points for your call are available

here

.

Majority Leader Harry Reid: 202-224-3542

Minority Leader Mitch McConnell: 202-224-3135 The bill has already passed the House of Representatives, but would need to be reintroduced in both chambers if the 2010 Senate session ends without action.

The bipartisan commission, originally proposed by Virginia Sen. Jim Webb, would thoroughly examine our criminal justice system and recommend reforms. This blue-ribbon panel could help prevent wrongful convictions by researching and recommending reforms to prevent misidentification, false confessions and other central causes.

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