The U.S. Commission on Civil Rights announced its statement on federal civil rights enforcement on June 19, 2017, at 1:11 ET, according to PR Newswire. With a majority vote, the commission expressed their unease regarding the current administration’s budget proposal’s adverse bearing on the enforcement of the public’s rights.
Their concerns involve budgeting that will create a disruption of enforcing the people’s civil rights by federal agencies. In the commission’s efforts to guarantee that rights are assured, they unanimously approved to conduct a two-year assessment. This is to make sure that federal civil rights enforcement is being done properly and efficiently.
The evaluation will include a full report and will be finished by the end of 2019. The Commission took a vote to determine which civil rights issues will be addressed in the next two years.
In a follow-up to the 2006 Voting Rights Act, the commission will be reviewing these rights implementation endeavors by the U.S. Department of Justice. This will include a look at voters ability to have access to submit their vote.
The U.S. Commission on Civil Rights is also planning on making sure that hate crimes will be investigated fully, and in effective ways, at the federal, state, and local levels. They will determine what the best procedures should be regarding data for the collection of hate crime information and reporting. The study will be considering how hate crimes should be prosecuted, as well as how they can be prevented.
In efforts to curb the school-to-prison pipeline, the commission with be looking at the civil rights involving students of color, and those with disabilities. As part of the attempt to end discrimination for these students, the commission will be evaluating policies involving school discipline measures.
The prison system in which women are placed will also be reviewed. This is necessary to understand what needs to be fixed to assure that the civil rights of the female prisoners are not being violated.
As part of its efforts, the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights will be surveying the 52 State Advisory Committees. This will assist in concluding what civil rights matters are to be considered the most important in each state.
In explaining the reasoning of the states being surveyed, Chair Catherine E. Lhamon stated:
Each of the Commission’s investigations shines a valuable spotlight on the state of civil rights in the United States – whether with respect to voting, hate crimes, equal access to education, or fair and equal treatment of incarcerated persons.
The ultimate goal of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights is to report findings, along with proposals, to assure that all who live in the U.S. have the promise of the protection of their civil rights.
Written by Carol Ruth Weber
Edited by Cathy Milne
PR Newswire: U.S. Commission on Civil Rights Announces Statement on Federal Civil Rights Enforcement and its Reports Planning for Fiscal Years 2018 and 2019
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