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July 7, 2015

Bipartisan Group of Senators to Join the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate and the Coalition for Public Safety for Conversation on Criminal Justice Reform

Sens. Booker, Cornyn, Lee and Whitehouse to Discuss Bipartisan Momentum for Justice Reform and Prospects for Congressional Action, As Part of Inaugural “Across the Aisle” Event

Washington – As momentum in Congress continues building to reform the nation’s criminal justice system, the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate and the Coalition for Public Safety will host a bipartisan conversation on criminal justice reform Tuesday, July 14, featuring four of the leading Senate voices calling for reform: Senators Cory Booker (D-NJ), John Cornyn (R-TX), Mike Lee (R-UT), and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI). In conversation with Bill Keller, editor-in-chief of The Marshall Project and former executive editor of the New York Times, the Senators will discuss the need and growing bipartisan momentum for reform, as well as the prospects for congressional action this year.

The conversation is the inaugural event of the Edward M. Kennedy Institute’s Across the Aisle series, bringing together government leaders from different political parties who are collaborating on a common cause.

Moderator: Bill Keller, editor-in-chief, The Marshall Project; former executive editor, New York Times
Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ)
Senator John Cornyn (R-TX)
Senator Mike Lee (R-UT)
Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI)

WHAT: Bipartisan conversation on criminal justice reform
WHEN: Tuesday, July 14 at 3:30 p.m.
WHERE: Kennedy Caucus Room, 325 Russell Senate Office Building, Washington, D.C.

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About The Coalition for Public Safety The Coalition for Public Safety is the largest national bipartisan effort working to make our criminal justice system smarter, fairer and more cost effective at the federal, state and local levels. The Coalition has brought together the most prominent organizations from across the political spectrum to pursue comprehensive reforms, including: the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), Americans for Tax Reform, the Center for American Progress, the Faith & Freedom Coalition, FreedomWorks, the Leadership Conference Education Fund, and Right on Crime. Together, these organizations represent tens of millions of Americans seeking commonsense criminal justice reforms. Our key supporters are Laura and John Arnold, Koch Industries, Inc., the Ford Foundation, and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. Learn more about the Coalition at

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