As of now, the U.S Justice Department is set to make the most significant one time release of prisoners held in federal custody…six thousand in all. The move represents an attempt to reduce the overcrowding that has been occurring in federal prisons for decades, and one way or the other, it’s definitely an historical moment when it comes to criminal justice reform.
Under the plan, the prisoners will be released by the Bureau of Prisons between the dates of October 30th to November 2nd, reports the Washington Post. One third represents foreign citizens who will be deported, while two thirds will be put on a supervised release following home confinement. This news coincides with a bipartisan agreement on criminal justice reform that was just made in the Senate.
Politico reports that:
The bill includes significant concessions for both left and right, according to a source close to the negotiations. The bill would significantly reduce federal mandatory minimum sentences for nonviolent, repeat drug offenders and limit circumstances under which someone might face a “three strikes, you’re out” life sentence. It also would give judges more discretion to override a mandatory minimum. The bill would apply the Fair Sentencing Act of 2010 – which drastically reduced the sentencing disparity between crack and powder cocaine – retroactively.
The bill would also limit solitary confinement for juveniles in federal facilities.
It only proves that Rand Paul was right on his prediction that a bipartisan agreement would be made. His recent visit to a Louisville business brought to light the time and effort he has put into enacting criminal justice reforms that will actually make a difference. And even though Paul has made it clear he does not agree with President Obama on nearly anything, he was sure to point out how the two mutually see the need to address the issue of the high number of non-violent drug offenders who have been locked away for years.
“Nobody wants to go to jail for 15 years and I think 15 years for a nonviolent drug possession or drug sale is crazy,” said Paul. (CN/2)
Paul echoes similar feelings on his website, stating that even though he was born into an America that seemingly embraced opportunity, his trips to major cities such as Chicago, Atlanta, and Detroit only highlighted the work that needs to be done on our unreasonable criminal justice system.
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