AUSTIN – The Texas Public Policy Foundation today commends Speaker Ryan on his commitment to make criminal justice reform a top priority for Congress in 2018.
 
“Next year is going to be the year where we work on people,” Ryan told reporters at his weekly news conference on Thursday. “Next year is the year we work on getting people where they need to get in life, in better jobs, an actual career, closing the skills gap.” That will include fixing the justice system, he said. “Next year, we want to take on criminal justice reform,” Ryan said.

“We wish to thank Speaker Ryan for his commitment to common-sense, conservative reforms, including criminal justice reform, which he mentioned on Thursday,” said TPPF President Brooke Rollins. “The goal of such reform is to improve public safety, rebuild our communities, and help heal broken lives. All of these can be achieved, and as the Speaker noted, there is broad, bipartisan support for this reform. We look forward to working with the Speaker and the House Judiciary Committee as it crafts legislation to make our criminal justice system more responsible, more responsive – and more restorative.”

For more information, or to interview Ms. Rollins, please contact Alicia Pierce atapierce@texaspolicy.com or 512-472-2700.    

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