The Catholic University of America

Bipartisan Criminal Justice Reform


Description:  A panel of experts including former Maryland governor Robert L. Ehrlich, Jr. discussed building national support for criminal justice reforms at a symposium at The Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law on Feb. 25, 2013.  The discussion was sponsored by The Catholic University Law Review and featured two panels of experts including academics, a judge, and D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier. More than two million adults and children are behind bars in the United States at a cost of roughly $60 billion annually. Ehrlich, who served from 2003-2007 and was rare among governors for the time he spent personally reviewing requests for clemency, said “This issue is easy to ignore, but it’s really about doing justice,” he said. “There are innocent people out there.”