..."America's criminal justice system has deteriorated to the point that it is a national disgrace," according to Sen. Jim Webb, a Democrat from Virginia.
The bill, known as the National Criminal Justice Commisson Act of 2009, is also concerned with racial disparities within the system. A recent report by the Pew Center on the States details these troubling numbers: "Black adults are four times as likely as whites and nearly 2.5 times as likely as Hispanics to be under correctional control. One in 11 black adults - 9.2 percent - was under correctional supervision at year-end 2007."
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