New Criminal Justice Reform Bill Introduced In The Senate
Article from the Washington Free Beacon by Charles Fain Lehman.
Sens. Chuck Grassley (R., Iowa) and Dick Durbin (D., Ill.) announced Tuesday the reintroduction of a bill focused on federal sentencing law reform.
The Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act (SRCA), is focused on updating the 1984 Sentencing Reform Act. The legislation “improves judicial discretion at sentencing for low level offenders and helps inmates successfully reenter society, while tightening penalties for violent criminals and preserving key prosecutorial tools for law enforcement,” according to Grassley’s press release.
“Last Congress, we worked in a bipartisan manner to develop a proposal that empowers judges, saves taxpayer dollars and gives low-level, non-violent offenders another shot at rejoining the productive side of society,” Grassley said. “While the political landscape in Washington has changed, the same problems presented by the current sentencing regime remain, and we will continue to work with colleagues in Congress and the administration, as well as advocates and members of the law enforcement community, to find a comprehensive solution to ensure justice for both the victims and the accused, and support law enforcement in their mission to keep our communities safe.”
The bill would introduce a number of reforms, including expanded “safety valves” for non-violent offenders; a reduction in mandatory minimums for some drug crimes; and a reduction in sentences for offenders who complete programs designed to reduce recidivism.
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