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On Monday afternoon, Senator John Cornyn joined AEI’s Gerard Robinson to discuss criminal justice reform. As a cosponsor of the Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act, which would reduce mandatory minimums for certain crimes and invest in programs that reduce recidivism, Sen. Cornyn discussed the need to invest in the nation’s incarcerated individuals to prepare them for life after prison and deter criminal activity in the future.

He noted the success of state reforms in reducing recidivism and increasing opportunity for the formerly incarcerated and urged fellow policymakers to spend less on incarcerating more Americans and instead reinvest in prisoners willing to accept a second chance through rehabilitative programs. As he noted in the opening lines of his remarks, “It’s time for criminal justice reform at the federal level.”
–Elizabeth English

Event Description

In recent years, criminal justice reform advocates have sought ways to lower recidivism rates, reduce crime, and save taxpayer dollars. At the state level, lawmakers have tackled this issue with programs that prepare the formerly incarcerated for life after prison, a model federal lawmakers have sought to emulate with major criminal justice reform legislation.

Please join AEI for a keynote address by Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn (R-TX), cosponsor of the Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act of 2016, and a conversation with Sen. Cornyn and AEI’s Gerard Robinson to discuss efforts to reduce the nation’s prison population through reentry programs, including work and education initiatives, drug rehabilitation, job training, and faith-based partnerships.

Join the conversation on social media with #CornynatAEI.


11:45 AM

12:00 PM
Gerard Robinson, AEI

12:05 PM
Keynote remarks:
John Cornyn, Senate Majority Whip (R-TX)

12:25 PM
John Cornyn, Senate Majority Whip (R-TX)
Gerard Robinson, AEI

12:40 PM

1:00 PM

Speaker Biographies

John Cornyn is currently serving his third term representing Texas in the US Senate. He serves as the Senate majority whip and on the Senate Finance and Judiciary Committees. He served as the minority whip for the 113th Congress and has been a member of the Republican Senate leadership since 2006. He was reelected in 2008 and 2014 and first joined the Senate in 2002. Before his election to the Senate, Sen. Cornyn served in Texas as a district judge, a member of the Texas Supreme Court, and Texas attorney general.

Gerard Robinson is a resident fellow in education policy studies at AEI. He previously served as Florida’s commissioner of education, where he managed the state’s No Child Left Behind waiver application, and as the secretary of education in Virginia, where he helped to amend the state’s charter school law and enact its first private school tax credit program. Mr. Robinson also served as president of the Black Alliance for Educational Options. He began his career teaching fifth grade in a private, inner-city school. His work has appeared in publications including The Washington Post, Education Next, Education Week, Richmond Times-Dispatch, and US News & World Report. He has a master’s of education from Harvard University, a bachelor of arts from Howard University, and an associate of arts degree from El Camino College.

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