Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island expressed skepticism a week

Senators advance criminal justice reform bill

buy canada goose uk Washington (CNN)Senators of both parties on Thursday moved forward their long odds legislation to enact some degree of reform canada goose coats on sale for the federal criminal justice system. buy canada goose uk

canada goose outlet shop By a vote of 16 5, and amid protests from some senators that the bill would likely face hurdles too high to pass, the Senate Judiciary Committee backed the Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act, a package to reduce some of the strictest canada goose coats federal sentencing Canada Goose sale rules buy canada goose jacket cheap along with reforms for the federal prison system. canada goose outlet shop

Ahead of the vote, Chairman Chuck Grassley expressed anger with cheap Canada Goose Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who he called a friend, for coming out against the bill.

canada goose outlet ottawa «I’m really irritated that he would send that letter considering the fact that he was very controversial before this committee to be attorney general, considering that Canada Goose Coats On Sale most of the assistant attorney generals have been canada goose uk outlet sent up here have been very controversial and difficult to get through this committee, considering the canada goose factory sale fact that the President was going to fire him last spring and I went to his defense,» the Iowa Republican said. «I don’t think that’s something that somebody should do to friends.» canada goose outlet ottawa

canada goose outlet store uk «Passing this legislation to further reduce sentences for drug traffickers in the midst of the worst drug crisis in our nation’s history would make it more difficult to achieve our goals Canada Goose Jackets and have potentially dire consequences,» Sessions said. canada goose outlet store uk

canada goose outlet toronto factory Sentencing and prison reform canada goose outlet toronto factory

canada goose outlet orlando Thursday’s markup uk canada goose showed Grassley staking his position on Canada Goose Outlet a comprehensive approach, rather than moving forward the Corrections Act, which is a vehicle for prison reform without the sentencing component. canada goose outlet orlando

canada goose outlet locations in toronto Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn, a Texas Republican who is one of the lawmakers backing the prison reform approach, opposed the comprehensive package and said he Canada Goose UK Outlet did not think sentencing reform would make it into law given the current political landscape. canada goose outlet locations in toronto

canada goose discount uk «Call it a concession to the brevity of life,» Cornyn said. canada goose discount uk

canada goose outlet seattle The House Judiciary Committee has similar legislation available, both sentencing reform and a bill that would reform the Federal Bureau of Prisons in the mold of several states around the nation. It is unclear when the House panel might move forward or with what approach. canada goose outlet seattle

canada goose factory outlet President Donald Trump said in his State of the Union canada goose store speech last month that he supported prison reform, following White House meetings on the issue and a statement of approval from Sessions. canada goose factory outlet

canada goose outlet phone number Cornyn and Democratic Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island expressed skepticism a week before the committee markup that the comprehensive package would make it buy canada goose jacket into law, given Sessions’ express opposition. canada goose outlet phone number

canada goose kensington parka uk Democratic Sen. Patrick Leahy of Vermont said Sessions’ opposition «can’t be excuse Canada Goose Parka for inaction,» and GOP Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina said uk canada goose outlet that of the two major components, «I don’t see how you do one without cheap canada goose uk the other.» canada goose kensington parka uk

canada goose outlet black friday «I am for prison reform, but I am also for reform of why canada goose people canada goose black friday sale stay in jail so long,» Graham said. canada goose outlet black friday

canada goose outlet buffalo What the bill would do canada goose outlet buffalo

canada goose outlet toronto location The bill canada goose uk shop would seek to lessen the impact of mandatory minimums, legislatively canada goose clearance sale enforced minimum sentences that prevent judges from setting sentences below a certain threshold. It would also move to make reforms in the Fair Sentencing Act a 2010 law backed by then Sen. Sessions to reduce the disparity in sentences between crack and powder cocaine retroactive for some convicts, pending court approval for those people. canada goose outlet toronto location

canada goose parka uk On the prison reform side, it would enact the canada goose uk black friday provisions of the Corrections Act, which seeks to mandate that the Bureau of Prisons put in place a new approach to re entry and anti recidivism programs for prisoners, like education. canada goose parka uk

canada goose clothing uk The powerful National Association of Assistant United States Attorneys, along with several other law enforcement groups, has come out against the bill, expressing opposition similar to Sessions’. The association claims that reducing mandatory minimums, among other sentencing provisions, would lead to an increase in violent crime. canada goose clothing uk

canada goose outlet edmonton For many advocates, the bill is an acceptable compromise canada goose clearance to implement reforms that have struggled to make it into law for years. canada goose outlet edmonton

canada goose uk Kevin Ring of Families Against Mandatory Minimums said he wanted the comprehensive package, Canada Goose Online and worried that prison reform alone would be ineffective for a range of reasons. canada goose uk

canada goose outlet hong kong One of his worries, he told CNN ahead of the markup, was that if prison reform were unsuccessful or inconclusive, opponents of criminal justice reform more generally would use that as a reason not to make further changes canada goose outlet hong kong.

Leave a Reply