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ALEC Senior Director Informs House Subcommittee on Criminal Justice Solutions

Dan Reynolds


ALEC Senior Director Informs House Subcommittee on Criminal Justice Solutions

ARLINGTON, VA – (FEBRUARY 27, 2020) Today, Ronald J. Lampard testifies in front of the United States House Committee on the Judiciary. Lampard presents criminal justice solutions to the subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism and Homeland Security for a hearing titled Returning Citizens: Challenges and Opportunities for Reentry. Lampard is the Senior Director of the Civil Justice and Criminal Justice Task Forces at the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) — the largest voluntary association of state legislators in the country, and serves as their voice in Washington, DC.

ALEC state legislators have led the way for smart criminal justice policy at the state level. For example, the recent and well-known federal FIRST STEP Act was based on two ALEC models: the Justice Safety Valve Act and the Resolution in Support of Reentry Programs. In Texas alone, pro-liberty models like these reduced the crime rate by 30%.


“Ultimately, over 95% of all individuals serving a prison sentence will be released,” said Lampard. “While criminals should certainly be punished and held accountable, they should also be permitted the chance to rejoin their communities after they pay their debt to society. State legislators are duly positioned to ensure individual liberty and community safety – ALEC will continue to promote solutions like these.”

“We have seen successful state reform measures, such as justice reinvestment, expanding sentencing safety valves, and investing in reentry programs – serve as the basis of the reforms contained in the First Step Act.”


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