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Senate Judiciary Advances Bipartisan Sentencing Reform Bill

Senate Judiciary Advances Bipartisan Sentencing Reform Bill

By    |   Thursday, 15 February 2018 03:18 PM

The Senate Judiciary Committee advanced bipartisan legislation Wednesday that would reduce mandatory minimum sentences, and eliminate the mandatory three-strike provision, the Washington Examiner reported.

The legislation passed through the committee on a 16-5 vote. Now it would require Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., the Senate majority leader, to decide to take up the bill, the report said.

Sens. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, and Dick Durbin, D-Ill., introduced the bill in October.

The bill also would provide judges with more discretion in sentencing for nonviolent offenders, the Examiner reported.

Sessions critiqued the legislation in a letter to Grassley Wednesday, Politico reported. "It risks putting the very worst criminals back into our communities,” Sessions wrote in the letter.

On Wednesday, Grassley slammed Sessions for the criticism. "I think it’s legitimate to be incensed" with Sessions, Grassley said. "The president was going to fire him and I backed him, you know? So why wouldn’t I be irritated?" Grassley said.

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The Washington Examiner reported that the Senate Judiciary Committee advanced bipartisan legislation Wednesday that would reduce mandatory minimum sentences, and eliminate the mandatory three-strike provision.
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