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Washington, D.C. (July 10, 2024) – Today, the U.S. Senate unanimously approved the Federal Prison Oversight Act (H.R. 3019), which establishes an inspections process for the Bureau of Prisons and creates an ombudsman to conduct targeted investigations. Kevin Ring, vice president of criminal justice advocacy at Arnold Ventures, issued this statement: 

Congress demonstrated today that it can take on big problems in a bipartisan way. By working across party lines, Senators followed the lead of correctional officers and the families of incarcerated people, who came together to lobby for this bill. These groups know better than anyone what’s at stake.

Our nation’s prisons are in crisis, due largely to understaffing and unnecessary incarceration. Our federal prisons are falling apart, and the people who work and live in them are not safe. We hope the legislation approved today is appropriately funded and that enhanced transparency and accountability will lead to greater safety inside our prisons – and, ultimately, in our communities.” 

For more information on the Safer Prisons, Safer Communities campaign, see our statement here.

Arnold Ventures is a philanthropy dedicated to tackling some of the most pressing problems in the United States. It is a team of more than 120 subject-matter experts headquartered in Houston with offices in New York and Washington, D.C. It works in five key issue areas: Criminal Justice, Education, Health, Infrastructure, and Public Finance. Its work is guided by Evidence-Based Policy, Research, and Advocacy.

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