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Wed Dec 19, 2018, 10:40 AM

Criminal justice reform bill passed by Senate in rare bipartisan victory

Source: Guardian

First Step Act, a landmark bill which would reduce drug crime sentences, saw support from both progressives and law-and-order conservatives.

A sweeping bill seeking to reform the criminal justice system has cleared the Senate, in a legislative victory for both progressive advocates and law-and-order conservatives that would give judges more discretion when sentencing some drug offenders and would boost prisoner rehabilitation efforts.

The First Step Act, which passed 87-12, attracted support from both sides of the aisle, as well as from public figures such as Patricia Arquette, Mark Cuban, Kim Kardashian West and Kanye West. Donald Trump supported the iteration of the bill that passed in the House in May, and the most current version that will need to return to the House for another vote (which it is expected to pass), before it reaches his desk for a signature later this week.

The sweeping bill addresses concerns that the nationís war on drugs had led to the imprisonment of too many Americans for non-violent crimes without adequately preparing them for their return to society.

The act would reduce mandatory minimum sentences for a number of drug-related crimes, allow judges to circumvent federal mandatory minimum sentences for non-violent offenders when they see fit, expand rehabilitative opportunities for federal prisoners, and ban some correctional practices criticized as inhumane, such as the shackling of pregnant women. The act would give elderly and terminally ill inmates a path home and invest tens of millions in re-entry programming.

Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2018/dec/18/first-step-act-criminal-justice-reform-passes-senate



This is a very good thing.

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Equinox Moon Dec 2018 OP
zaj Dec 2018 #1
George II Dec 2018 #2
Renew Deal Dec 2018 #3
Eric J in MN Dec 2018 #4
LakeSuperiorView Dec 2018 #6
marble falls Dec 2018 #5
Kind of Blue Dec 2018 #7

Response to Equinox Moon (Original post)

Wed Dec 19, 2018, 10:52 AM

1. The GOP finally started working on the 'benevolent' part of...

... 'benevolent dictatorship'.

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Response to Equinox Moon (Original post)

Wed Dec 19, 2018, 10:56 AM

2. Anyone know who the 12 were that voted against it?

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Response to George II (Reply #2)

Wed Dec 19, 2018, 11:02 AM

3. All republicans including hypocrite Ben Sasse

No

Barrasso (R-WY)
Cotton (R-AR)
Enzi (R-WY)
Kennedy (R-LA)
Kyl (R-AZ)
Murkowski (R-AK)
Risch (R-ID)
Rounds (R-SD)
Rubio (R-FL)
Sasse (R-NE)
Shelby (R-AL)
Sullivan (R-AK)

And Graham didn't vote for some reason.

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Response to George II (Reply #2)

Wed Dec 19, 2018, 11:04 AM

4. 12 Republicans

NAYs ---12
Barrasso (R-WY)
Cotton (R-AR)
Enzi (R-WY)
Kennedy (R-LA)
Kyl (R-AZ)
Murkowski (R-AK)
Risch (R-ID)
Rounds (R-SD)
Rubio (R-FL)
Sasse (R-NE)
Shelby (R-AL)
Sullivan (R-AK)

https://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=115&session=2&vote=00271

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Response to George II (Reply #2)

Wed Dec 19, 2018, 11:10 AM

6. The Nays

 

Barrasso (R-WY)
Cotton (R-AR)
Enzi (R-WY)
Kennedy (R-LA)
Kyl (R-AZ)
Murkowski (R-AK)
Risch (R-ID)
Rounds (R-SD)
Rubio (R-FL)
Sasse (R-NE)
Shelby (R-AL)
Sullivan (R-AK)

Would be interesting to look up their support from the for-profit prison racket.

Little Lindsey did not vote, it appears that he doesn't want to do his job...

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Response to Equinox Moon (Original post)

Wed Dec 19, 2018, 11:10 AM

5. Obviously cheetolini wasn't involved. This is just a good start. A lot of prisoners are not criminal

and do not belong there. Take the profits out of incarcerating and prison populations will start getting smaller.

The American public has never been snowed like it has by the criminal justice industrial complex.

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Response to Equinox Moon (Original post)

Wed Dec 19, 2018, 11:59 AM

7. Amazing! Thanks for posting.

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