Collins Joins McMorris Rodgers for Criminal Justice Reform Forum

Oct 19, 2017
Press Release

SPOKANE, Wash.—Today, Reps. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-Wash.) and Doug Collins (R-Ga.) joined the Peaceful Communities Roundtable in Spokane for a criminal justice reform forum to hear from leaders in the field and individuals who have interacted with America's criminal justice system.

“I’m so thankful to Rep. Doug Collins for joining us in this important discussion. The only way to do this right is to hear directly from people who’ve experienced it, to listen, and to hear their stories and ideas,” said McMorris Rodgers. “This was a great discussion and I look forward to continuing these important conversations about the future of our Eastern Washington community.”

“Thoughtful justice reform involves listening to our neighbors. It means we're committed to learning from the people who see opportunities to build stronger, safer communities. Conversations like these open the doors to solutions for preventing crime and promoting compassion, and I'm grateful to join my friend Cathy McMorris Rodgers and the Spokane community for today's exchange,” said Collins.

This July, Collins introduced the Prison Reform and Redemption Act, a criminal justice reform bill aimed at lowering recidivism rates among federal offenders. The Redemption Act would establish a post-sentencing risk- and needs-assessment system in federal prisons. Under this system, prisoners would be able to participate in individualized, evidence-based programs to reduce their risk of reoffending.

Video from the Peaceful Communities Roundtable is available here.