October 22, 2015
Koch thanks the bipartisan group of 15 Senators, led by Senators Grassley, Cornyn, Leahy, Durbin and Lee, for passing the Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act out of the Judiciary Committee today. While not perfect, the bill contains important reforms that will enhance public safety, honor and protect the Bill of Rights, help remove barriers to opportunity for the least advantaged and make our criminal justice system more fair and just for all Americans. Many of these reforms have worked well in states like Texas, Georgia and Utah, and have reduced crime rates, reduced spending, reduced incarceration rates and enabled former offenders and their families to live productive lives.
We are disappointed that some members, including Senator Cruz, who have supported the need for reform and been strong supporters of the Bill of Rights did not support this bill. We are grateful that Senator Lee corrected the record to make clear that the bill will address grave injustices in our system, free up resources to combat violent crime and enhance protections against the release of violent criminals.
- Mark Holden, Senior Vice President & General Counsel
Koch Industries, Inc.