A Reason-Rupe poll last week found an incredible 77 percent support eliminating mandatory minimum prison sentences for nonviolent offenders so that judges have the ability to make sentencing decisions on a case-by-case basis. Only 17 percent oppose this change, which is serious fringe territory, yet this where many in Congress still stand.
|By: Jon Walker Monday October 13, 2014 8:55 am|
|By: Jon Walker Friday September 12, 2014 8:57 am|
A new report from the Congressional Budget Office looks at the financial impact of the Senate proposed Smarter Sentencing Act, which would reduce mandatory minimums for non-violent drug offenses. It found the law would on net save the federal government roughly $3 billion over the next decade and reduce the prison terms of roughly a quarter million people.
|By: Jon Walker Thursday July 24, 2014 11:02 am|
Former Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan (R-WI) is calling for significant sentencing reform to reduce the prison population. His proposed changes to our prison system were only part of a larger package of ideas to address poverty and improve economic mobility in the country.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Monday June 23, 2014 11:47 am|
Reflecting on mass incarceration in the United States, which he has experienced firsthand during his time in prison at the Federal Correctional Institution of Loretto, Pennsylvania, CIA whistleblower John Kiriakou advocates for prison sentencing reform in his latest letter from jail.
|By: Jane Hamsher Monday June 23, 2014 10:43 am|
Yesterday the New York Times ran a lengthy (and welcome) editorial urging Congress to act on sentencing reform, and lamented that they probably aren’t going to pass either the Smarter Sentencing Act or the Recidivisim Reduction and Public Safety Act this summer. But anyone who thought Congress would take up an issue like sentencing reform right before an election is smoking crack.
|By: Jane Hamsher Friday June 6, 2014 11:50 am|
Today over 1,100 faith leaders from across the religious spectrum — Roman Catholics, Jews, Evangelical Protestants and Mainline Protestants — signed on to a letter to Congress, urging them to reduce the US prison population by passing the Smarter Sentencing Act
|By: Jon Walker Wednesday May 21, 2014 10:58 am|
r Vice Presidential Candidate Paul Ryan (R) has become the latest prominent conservative to speak out in favor of reform our mandatory minimum sentencing laws. At a gathering with African-American journalists Ryan talked about the need for sentencing reform to focus on helping people instead of just locking them up for a very long time
|By: Jane Hamsher Friday May 16, 2014 7:47 am|
Former leaders within the Department of Justice and DEA, including Michael Mukasey and Bill Bennet, have written a letter to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell asking them to defeat the Smarter Sentencing Act.
|By: Jane Hamsher Wednesday May 14, 2014 10:00 am|
There aren’t many things that Barack Obama, Eric Holder, the Koch Brothers, Grover Norquist, Ted Cruz and Sheldon Whitehouse agree on.
But one of those rare things is the Smarter Sentencing Act, a bill that has support from members of all parties in both houses of Congress — but is currently stuck there for no other reason than partisan gridlock.
|By: Jon Walker Thursday January 30, 2014 1:17 pm|
The Senate took an important step towards reforming the nation’s broken drug laws and fixing our out of control spending on prisons. In a bipartisan 13-5 vote the Senate Judiciary committee decided to send the Smarter Sentencing Act to the full Senate.