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November 24, 2014 |  by Dick Durbin, 47th US Senator from Illinois

This blog is excerpted from the opening statements of Senator Dick Durbin given at a hearing before the Senate Committee on the Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights, and Human Rights.

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November 17, 2014 |  by Angela Fitzgerald, Senior Researcher, NCCD

This blog was originally posted on the website AEA365, which is sponsored by the American Evaluation Association (AEA) and dedicated to providing tips and tricks for evaluators.

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November 12, 2014 |  by Nicole Pittman, Stoneleigh Fellow, NCCD Senior Program Specialist

This month marks the 20th anniversary of the first federal sex offender registration law. The Jacob Wetterling Crimes Against Children and Sexually Violent Offender Registration Act (the “Wetterling Act”) was enacted as part of the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act...

November 10, 2014 |  by Danielle Stewart, Communications Coordinator, NCCD

NCCD is pleased to have recently welcomed Aaron Juchau to our office in Oakland, California. Juchau is working as assistant to Alex Busansky and providing project and...

November 10, 2014 |  by Stephen Rushin, Visiting Assistant Professor of Law, University of Illinois College of Law

Most recognize the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act (VCCLEA) as the measure that mandated strict truth-in-sentencing requirements, implemented life sentences for repeat violent offenders, banned numerous types of assault weapons, barred juvenile ownership of handguns, added...

November 5, 2014 |  by Laurie O. Robinson, Professor of Criminology, Law and Society, George Mason University

Twenty years ago this fall, the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994 was signed into law. The “Crime Bill” was passed in response to political outcry from both Republican and Democratic parties and the public as crime rose across the country—a crack cocaine epidemic, rising...

November 3, 2014 |  by David Muhammad, Director of National Justice Programs, NCCD

Twenty years ago, President Bill Clinton signed into law the 1994 Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act (the “Crime Bill”), which sparked a massive increase in the rate of incarceration in America. The Crime Bill created much longer prison sentences and provided huge amounts of funding...

October 29, 2014 |  by Virginia Sloan, Founder and President, The Constitution Project

In 1994, I proudly served as counsel to Don Edwards (D-CA), House Judiciary Civil and Constitutional Rights Subcommittee Chair. I vividly recall an entire weekend spent in the House majority leader’s office helping negotiate the 1994 omnibus crime bill. Representative Edwards passionately argued...

October 27, 2014 |  by Danielle Stewart, Communications Coordinator and Faizah Barlas, Communications Intern, NCCD

Twenty-one years ago, Gian Luigi Ferri walked into the law offices of Pettit & Martin in San Francisco and opened fire, killing eight and injuring others. Just months before, a deadly shootout erupted when federal and Texas state law enforcement seized the compound of the religious group...

October 27, 2014 |  by Marc Mauer, Executive Director, The Sentencing Project

I remember well the drama behind the passage of the 1994 federal crime bill. At the time, I was engaged with many others in trying to shift the focus of the bill away from its heavy emphasis on law enforcement and incarceration and toward a more balanced approach to public safety. Ultimately, we...