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Thu Apr 28, 2016, 06:08 PM

Compromise struck on criminal justice reform

Source: Politico

Top senators who have been quietly revising a controversial overhaul of criminal justice laws unveiled their reworked compromise on Thursday that they believe addresses conservative criticisms that could have derailed the bill in the Senate.

Influential Senate Democrats and Republicans held a news conference trumpeting the changes and to try and show a renewed sense of momentum behind the long-stalled legislation that tries to ease mandatory minimum sentences for nonviolent offenders.

Senate Minority Whip Dick Durbin of Illinois, the top Democratic co-sponsor of the bill, added: “This is the best chance in a generation to reform our criminal drug sentencing laws.”

Republican Sens. Dan Sullivan of Alaska and Steve Daines of Montana are among the new co-sponsors of the revised legislation. GOP Sens. Mark Kirk of Illinois and Thad Cochran of Mississippi also endorsed the bill after changes were made in recent weeks. New Democratic backers include Sens. Michael Bennet of Colorado, Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Bill Nelson of Florida.

Read more: http://www.politico.com/story/2016/04/criminal-justice-reform-senate-222577

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Calista241 Apr 2016 OP
fasttense Apr 2016 #1
iandhr Apr 2016 #4
angstlessk Apr 2016 #2
Eugene Apr 2016 #5
angstlessk Apr 2016 #6
Stallion Apr 2016 #3

Response to Calista241 (Original post)

Thu Apr 28, 2016, 07:00 PM

1. Baby steps, baby steps.

 

Increments of sanity leaking through to the Industrial Prison Complex. They wont like letting prisoners go.

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Response to fasttense (Reply #1)

Thu Apr 28, 2016, 07:49 PM

4. That is how progress has been made throughout history

All great victories happened because of many little victories over a period of time.

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Response to Calista241 (Original post)

Thu Apr 28, 2016, 07:05 PM

2. I wish there was more about WHAT was in the bill and not WHO was for/against

I scanned the article and saw very little of what the bill actually said, but who was against it gave me hope it was in the right direction!

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Response to angstlessk (Reply #2)

Thu Apr 28, 2016, 08:09 PM

5. From the Associated Press:

Senators Try to Revive Criminal Justice Overhaul

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The reworked bill announced Thursday would still give judges discretion to give lesser sentences than federal mandatory minimums and eliminate mandatory life sentences for three-time, nonviolent drug offenders. It also would create programs to help prisoners successfully re-enter society.

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Read more: http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/wireStory/senators-revive-criminal-justice-overhaul-38740048

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Response to Eugene (Reply #5)

Thu Apr 28, 2016, 08:14 PM

6. Like the other poster said Baby steps...better than none or going backward

THANKS for giving me that excerpt!

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Response to Calista241 (Original post)

Thu Apr 28, 2016, 07:37 PM

3. Sounds Like that Compromise Stuff and Working Across Party Lines

where is the bloody Revolution


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