Tag: criminal justice reform

Historic Sentencing Reform Bill Unanimously Passes U.S. House Judiciary Committee

Earlier today the United States House Judiciary Committee gave unanimous approval to the Sentencing Reform Act, a historic bill that would reduce mandatory minimum sentences for drug offenses, expand judges discretions to give sentences lower than the mandatory minimums in some cases, while making most of the sentencing changes apply retroactively. “This vote today is …

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Comprehensive Criminal Justice Reform Bill Passes U.S Senate Judiciary Committee

The U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee voted 15 to 5 today to pass the Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act, which would reduce mandatory minimum sentences for drug offenses, expand early release programs and expand the federal “safety valve”, (which gives judges discretion to give an individual a sentence lower than the mandatory minimum). “This vote today …

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President Obama Calls for Expansive Criminal Justice Reform, Reduction or End to Mandatory Minimums for Drug Offenses

During the 106th annual convention of the NAACP, President Obama called for expansive criminal justice reform across the United States. “Mass incarceration makes our entire country worse off, and we need to do something about it.” said President Obama during the July 14th speech. “In too many cases, our criminal justice system ends up being …

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