Saturday, February 28, 2015

Invitation to Submit Testimony -- Charles Colson Task Force on Federal Corrections

Invitation to Submit Testimony -- Charles Colson Task Force on Federal Corrections
Wednesday, March 11, 2015
Washington, DC
The Charles Colson Task Force on Federal Corrections is inviting written testimony on issues and challenges with the federal corrections system. The Colson Task Force, established by Congressional mandate, is a nine-person, bipartisan, blue ribbon panel charged with examining challenges in the federal corrections system and developing practical, data-driven policy responses. The insights shared in written testimony will inform the Task Force as it works to identify opportunities for criminal justice reform. Written testimonies should provide specific examples and recommendations for the Task Force to consider, and should focus on one or more of the following areas:
  • the impact of current federal prosecution, sentencing, release, and supervision policies and practices, and suggestions for reform;
  • the consequences of the current size of the federal prison population and its associated costs, and options to reduce the population and/or avert further growth;
  • the nature and impact of overcrowding in Bureau of Prisons (BOP) facilities and proposed measures to address its consequences; and
  • the status of current BOP risk and needs assessment practices, substance abuse treatment, and rehabilitation and employment programs, and opportunities for improvement.
We encourage you to submit testimony of no more than five pages on one or more of the above topics. Written testimony should be double-spaced and no smaller than 12-point type. Citations should be included as endnotes and do not count towards the five-page limit. Written testimony must be emailed in Portable Document Format (PDF) to by 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 3, 2015.

The Task Force will also hold a public meeting in Washington, DC, on Wednesday, March 11, 2015 to hear public testimony. If you are interested in delivering in-person testimony to the Task Force at its March 11th hearing, please email your registration request to Following registration, all those invited to deliver oral testimony must provide complementary written testimony in accordance with the guidelines above by 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 3, 2015. Space is limited, and slots will be filled based on order of registration. Only one speaker per organization will be accepted for in-person testimony. Further information on the March 11th public hearing will be provided as details become available. If you have any questions, please contact Lilly Yu at the Urban Institute at 202-261-5297, or
The Task Force looks forward to receiving your testimony.

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