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Wed Oct 4, 2017, 06:25 PM

Bipartisan group of U.S. lawmakers launch new drive on sentencing reform

Source: Reuters

#POLITICS OCTOBER 4, 2017 / 6:28 PM / UPDATED AN HOUR AGO

Bipartisan group of U.S. lawmakers launch new drive on sentencing reform

Sarah N. Lynch
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A bipartisan group of U.S. senators introduced legislation on Wednesday that would lessen prison sentences for non-violent drug offenders, after a similar criminal justice reform package failed to become law last year.

The bill would narrow the scope of mandatory minimum drug sentences so they would apply only to violent criminals or serious drug offenders.

It also contains provisions that aim to help non-violent inmates become rehabilitated so they can re-enter society.

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Charles Grassley, who rolled out the bill with a group including senior Judiciary Committee Democrat Dianne Feinstein and Republican Lindsey Graham, said it represented “the product of much thoughtful deliberation.”

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