Republicans and conservatives dating back at least to Richard Nixon have used the slogan “tough on crime” and its corollary “lock ’em up and throw away the key” as electoral red meat.
The problem is what to do when inmates are released with few skills, fewer job prospects, and a bleak future that leads some to commit new crimes that land them in prison again at taxpayers’ expense.
The Senate, in what may be the only bipartisan act during the remaining two years of President Donald Trump’s first and possibly only term, has overwhelmingly passed legislation that would significantly reform the criminal justice system, which is often more criminal than just.
The measure revises a number of sentencing laws, including the “three strikes” penalty for drug felonies, reducing what is now a mandatory life sentence to 25 years. It also retroactively limits the disparity in sentencing guidelines between crack and powder cocaine offenses.
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