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Mike Lee Leads Applause for Criminal Justice Reform Bill

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Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah (AP)

By    |   Thursday, 13 December 2018 08:37 PM

Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, and other conservatives cheered the effort to reform the nation's criminal justice system on Capitol Hill on Thursday as the Senate prepares to vote on a bill next week.

Days before the First Step Act is slated to be voted on, Lee joined other proponents of the legislation to discuss the changes it will make to sentencing guidelines and its goals for reducing the rate of recidivism.

"We need a just criminal justice system," Maya Wiley of the New School told Yahoo News. "The sentencing act is a start.

Joining Lee and Wiley at the event, which took place in a meeting room on the Senate wing of the Capitol, were officials from Americans for Prosperity and FreedomWorks — both of which are funded by the Koch brothers — along with President Donald Trump's spiritual adviser Paula White, former NYPD Commissioner Bernie Kerik, and former Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli.

According to Yahoo, the gathering provided an opportunity for the backers of the bill — a variation of which the House passed in May — to tout its success. Earlier this week, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said the Senate floor would take up the bill next week.

"We over-punish and we have no incentives for good behavior," Kerik said Thursday, according to Yahoo.

The bill eases mandatory minimum sentences for certain non-violent crimes, introduces programs with the goal of reforming prisoners so they stay out of jail when they are released, and even stipulates inmates be held at prisons 500 miles or closer to their homes to make it easier for family to visit them.

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As the Senate prepares to vote on a criminal justice reform bill next week, Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, and other conservatives cheered the effort to reform the nation's criminal justice system on Capitol Hill on Thursday
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