Speaker Boehner Supports The SAFE Act. It Would Change Drug Sentencing.

by IAN MILLHISER – House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) reportedly said on Thursday that too many individuals are incarcerated for “flimsy reasons,” and that he supports a bipartisan bill that would enact a number of reforms to the criminal justice system. According to a tweet from NBC’s Luke Russert, Boehner wants a bill introduced by Reps. James Sensenbrenner (R-WI) and Bobby Scott (D-VA) “on the floor.” The bill, known as the Safe, Accountable, Fair, Effective Justice Reinvestment Act of 2015, or SAFE Act, permits courts to “impose graduated sanctions, in lieu of arrest or incarceration, on offenders who have committed a technical violation of their” supervised release. It “educes the maximum imprisonment term for a technical violation of probation to 60 days.” It “reates a presumption in favor of probation,” as opposed to a stiffer penalty such as incarceration, for many first-time, low-level, non-violent offenders. And it includes a number of...

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