George Will: How Texas Sen. John Cornyn and others are rethinking crime and punishment (Dallas Morning News)

Sen. John Cornyn recalls visiting a Texas prison where some inmates taking shop classes could not read tape measures. Cornyn, who was previously a district court judge and Texas Supreme Court justice, knows that prisons are trying to teach literacy and vocations, trying to cope with the mental illnesses of many inmates and trying to take prophylactic measures to prevent drug-related recidivism by persons imprisoned for drug offenses. “The criminal justice system,” he says, “has become by default a social services provider.”

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The Hill: Senator Calls for Independent Prosecutor for Clinton Email Investigation

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The second-ranking Republican in the Senate is amplifying his call for the Justice Department to name a special counsel to investigate Hillary Clinton’s email server, suggesting the White House is trying to influence the FBI’s probe. “I believe that Secretary Clinton has likely violated multiple criminal statues,” Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) said Monday. Cornyn said Attorney General […]

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Cornyn Pushes Obama on Mental Health Bill (The Hill)

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Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) is pushing President Obama to work with Congress on mental health legislation. “Time and time again we are confronted with mental health crises that go untreated and turn into tragic headlines,” Cornyn wrote in a Washington Examiner op-ed. “Now, we need President Obama to commit to working with the elected representatives of the […]

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Cornyn a ‘Peacemaker’ as GOP Rift on Criminal Justice Widens (ABC News)

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Cornyn is well-suited to play “peacemaker,” as he describes it. He has deep personal experience with the issues as a former district judge, member of the Texas Supreme Court and Texas attorney general. And as the No. 2 Republican in the Senate, he’s the top vote counter and accustomed to trying to bring his caucus […]

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John Cornyn Named Texan of the Year by Texas Legislative Conference (Digital Journal)

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NEW BRAUNFELS, Texas –United States Senator John Cornyn has been named the 2016 Texan of the Year by the Texas Legislative Conference, the well-known annual statewide forum that is marking its 50th year next March. Cornyn will be presented with the award Friday, March 18 at the conclusion of the conference during the noon luncheon […]

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COMMENTARY: Reform US sentencing guidelines; follow Texas’ lead (The Monitor)

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Being tough on crime and being smart on crime are not mutually exclusive. Texas has been both, and now thanks to U.S. Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, the rest of the nation could follow suit. A bipartisan group of senators, led in part by Cornyn, have introduced the Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act, which would change […]

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