IACP, Among Others, Throw Support behind the National Criminal Justice Commission Act of 2015

Recent clashes between policing agencies and their jurisdictional communities have led many to question not just police-community relations, but the potential need of a complete analysis of the United States criminal justice system. In an effort to implement such an analysis, new legislation sponsored by Senators Gary Peters (D-MI), Lindsey Graham (R-SC), and John Cornyn (R-TX) has recently been introduced called the National Criminal Justice Commission Act of 2015.


This commission, made up of both members of Congress and criminal justice experts, will provide an examination and report of law enforcement and the criminal justice system, similar to the President’s Commission on Law Enforcement and Administration of Justice from 1965. In the initial findings of the proposed bill, it states that “developments over the intervening 50 years require once again that Federal, State, tribal, and local governments, civic organizations, religious institutions, business groups, and individual citizens come together to review evidence and consider how to improve the criminal justice system.”

Just since its announcement, several entities within the criminal justice industry have spoken out in support of the proposed bill, including the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP). In a letter dated April 27, 2015, IACP President Richard Beary expressed the organization’s support of the proposed National Criminal Justice Commission Act of 2015. If passed, this act would create a National Criminal Justice Commission tasked with comprehensively reviewing, publically reporting, and making recommended improvements of the United States criminal justice system.

Click here to read Chief Beary’s full letter of support to the bill’s authors. Additionally, IACP’s action alert can be found by clicking here, or by following the link below.