US Senate Sentencing Reform Bill: Game Changer or Status Quo?

by Sarah Lazare – The Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act was met with praise, as well as caution, from rights campaigners A sentencing reform bill introduced in the U.S. Senate on Thursday by a bipartisan team of lawmakers is being met with praise, as well as caution, by prisoners’ rights advocates who say it is time to end the War on Drugs once and for all. “The legislation is recognition from leadership in both parties that the war on drugs has failed and that the harsh sentencing laws that appealed to lawmakers in the 80s and 90s have had disastrous consequences—especially for communities of color,” said Michael Collins, policy manager at the Drug Policy Alliance. “There are things we like about the bill and things we don’t, and much more action is needed to tackle mass incarceration, but this is a worthy compromise.” The Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act is backed...

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