Federal Advocacy

2021

The EQUAL Act & Smarter Sentencing Act of 2021 (Senate)(June 22)

See also our statement submitted to Senate Judiciary Committee (Hearing on the EQUAL Act)(June 22)

Joint Letter to U.S. Department of Justice: Request to Reissue and Update Advisory to Eliminate Juvenile Fees and Fines (DOJ)(June 8)

The First Step Implementation Act of 2021 (Senate)(May 17)

See also FAMM’s Congressional briefing where LEL’s Executive Director Ron Serpas expresses support for the First Step Implementation Act of 2021 and COVID-19 Safer Detention Act of 2021.

The Driving for Opportunity Act of 2020 (House)(January 6)

2020

The REAL Act, FY21 (House)(December 10)

The REAL Act, FY21 (Senate)(December 10)

The Driving for Opportunity Act of 2020 (Senate)(December 3)

Smarter Pretrial Detention for Drug Charges Act of 2020 (November 12)

Community-Based Response Act of 2020 (Senate)(November 12)

Community-Based Response Act of 2020 (House)(November 12)

Written Testimony to the President’s Commission on Law Enforcement and the Administration of Justice (June 23)

Written Testimony to the President’s Commission on Law Enforcement and the Administration of Justice (June 9 )

LEL Executive Director Ronal Serpas testified before the President’s Commission on Law Enforcement and the Administration of Justice on the urgent need for law enforcement reform around police culture and use of force policies. Serpas and LEL Senior Counsel Taryn Merkl also submitted extensive written testimony to the Commission, including detailed recommendations on those topics and reforms that will: (1) promote law enforcement accountability, (2) help build trust and legitimacy in communities, and (3) encourage the implementation of strategies to reduce unnecessary incarceration by addressing the social factors that often lead to criminal justice system involvement. See the transcript of Serpas’s testimony.

COVID-19 Safer Detention Act of 2020 (August)

GRACE Act of 2020 (August)

Joined the Free to Drive Campaign’s Letter of Support: Driving for Opportunity Act of 2020

2019

RE-ENTER Act of 2019 (December)

First Step Act Funding (September)

REAL Act (House)(August)

REAL Act (Senate)(August)

2018

FIRST STEP Act (November)

FIRST STEP Act (July)

Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act (July)

Redemption Act (April)

CORRECTIONS Act (April)

Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act of 2017 (April)

See related press release here.

Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act of 2017 (February)

2017

Pretrial Integrity and Safety Act of 2017 (September)

2016

Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act (May)

See LEL’s Wisconsin membership in support of Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act here.

We currently have nearly 200 members hailing from all 50 states, from all divisions of law enforcement, and from across the political spectrum.

Members Include:

  • Sim Gill

    District Attorney, Salt Lake County, Utah

  • Joseph Lombardo

    Sheriff, Las Vegas, Nevada

  • Brett Tolman

    Former U.S. Attorney, District of Utah

  • Ronal W. Serpas

    Executive Director, Law Enforcement Leaders to Reduce Crime & Incarceration

    Former Police Superintendent, New Orleans, Louisiana

    Former Police Chief, Nashville, Tennessee

    Former Police Chief, State Patrol, Washington

  • William Scott

    Police Chief, San Francisco, California

  • Peter Newsham

    Police Chief, Prince William, Virginia
     
    Former Police Chief, Washington, District of Columbia

  • Beth McCann

    District Attorney, Denver, Colorado

  • Carmen Best

    Former Police Chief, Seattle, Washington

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