There's a new push in the Senate to create something called the National Criminal Justice Commission. One of the co-sponsors is a Democrat, Jim Webb of Virginia, who said this yesterday:
"America's criminal justice system has deteriorated to the point that it is a national disgrace," said Senator Webb. "With five percent of the world's population, our country houses twenty-five percent of the world's prison population. Incarcerated drug offenders have soared 1200% since 1980. And four times as many mentally ill people are in prisons than in mental health hospitals."
The other co-sponsor, as you might have guessed from the headline, is Arlen Specter. Hey, I think it's a good idea, but I wonder how Pennsylvania hardcore Republicans feel about describing rising drug arrests and incarceration rates as part of a "national disgrace."