The newly formed Joint Criminal Justice Reform Committee is set to meet Tuesday in Chicago. Rep. Mike Zalewski (D-Riverside) pushed to create the committee during the recent legislative session.
On the national level, New Jersey Senator Cory Booker (D) and Kentucky Senator Rand Paul (R) are also working on legislation to reform the U.S. criminal justice system, in part to reduce the U.S. prison population.
However, while many voters agree with restoring voting rights to non-violent felons, they are less enthusiastic about requiring states to raise the minimum age someone can be tried as an adult.
A new Rasmussen survey finds that 44% of Likely U.S. Voters believe there are too many Americans in prison today. Thirty-one percent (31%) disagree, while 24% are not sure.