Sens. Ossoff, Braun Launch Bipartisan Working Group to Examine U.S. Prison Conditions, Promote Transparency
U.S. Senators Jon Ossoff (D-GA) and Mike Braun (R-IN) today launched the bipartisan Senate Prison Policy Working Group to examine conditions of incarceration in U.S. Federal prisons, protect human rights, and promote transparency.
The Senate Bipartisan Prison Policy Working Group will work to develop bipartisan policies and proposals to strengthen oversight of the Federal prison system and improve communication between the Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP), Congress, and other stakeholders.
The group will aim to improve the safety and well-being of incarcerated people and staff, reduce recidivism rates, and promote transparency within the prison system.
Jillian E. Snider, Policy Director for Criminal Justice & Civil Liberties said, “We are encouraged to see this continued bipartisan momentum in Congress to hold our federal correctional system, particularly the Bureau of Prisons, accountable to justice and rehabilitation. It is incumbent on Congress to exercise oversight of the executive branch to ensure laws are carried out appropriately, especially when it comes to their impact on real lives in government custody. We look forward to working with the Prison Policy Working Group to do just that.”