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TRUMP: SENTENCING REFORM CRIMINAL JUSTICE REFORM… LOOKS ITS GOING TO PASSING… A LOT OF YEARS WE'VE BEEN WAITING FOR IT…
The United States has more people BEHIND BARS than any other country in the world, thanks to OFTEN HEAVY PRISON TERMS for MINOR DRUG CONVICTIONS.
Now, with the backing of President Donald Trump- Congress is READY TO CONSIDER AN OVERHAUL OF THAT SYSTEM….
Senate Leader Mitch McConnell saying on Tuesday the chamber could soon vote on a BILL, KNOWN AS THE FIRST STEP ACT, that would SHARPLY SCALE BACK MINIMUM PRISON SENTENCES FOR NON VIOLENT OFFENDERS, AND MAKE IT EASIER TO FIND WORK ONCES THEY'RE RELEASED.
McConnell: 10:06: "AT THE REQUEST OF THE PRESIDENT AND FOLLOWING IMPROVEMENTS TO THE LEGISLATION THAT HAS BEEN
SECURED BY SEVERAL MEMBERS, THE SENATE WILL TAKE UP THE RECENTLY REVISED CRIMINAL JUSTICE BILL THIS MONTH."
PRISON REFORM ADVOCATES HAVE BEEN CALLING FOR THESE MEASURES FOR DECADES….
The House of Representatives passed criminal justice reforms by an overwhelming margin earlier this year. Democrat Hakeem Jeffries wrote the legislation.
JEFFRIES (from our interview last week): "We have 5 percent of the world's population yet 25 percent of the incarcerated individuals are in the United States of America. That is outrageous and it is a stain on our society. That is not a Democratic problem or a Republican problem. It's an American problem."
THE MOST CONSEQUENTIAL REFORM : A CURRENT MANDATORY LIFE SENTENCE FOR A THIRD FELONY DRUG CONVICTION… WOULD BE REDUCED TO 25 YEARS.. JUDGES ABLE TO LOWER THAT FOR SOME OFFENDERS…
The reform movement winning support across the political spectrum -- celebrities like rapper Kanye West also behind it.
President Trump's son in law, Jared Kushner a prominent advocate -- who encountered America's criminal justice system when his father served a 14 month prison sentence for tax evasion and other crimes.
Trump endorsing the effort last month and renewing that support on Tuesday.
SECOND TRUMP BITE
McConnell was until now among the holdouts -- reluctant to tinker with the tough-on-crime stance that has defined his party. A revised version apparently eased his concerns - and now a vote COULD COME before the end of the year.