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The Six Worst Aspects of the GOP’s Prison Break Legislation

A bipartisan elite is trying to revive the stalled ‘sentencing reform’ legislation to release many more convicts back onto Americans’ neighborhoods, amid an existing crime wave. The unpopular legislation is being pushed in the GOP’s 2016 platform by President Obama, by business groups trying to curb white-collar prosecutions, and by House Speaker Paul Ryan, who said this month “that’s something we’re working on for September.”

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Tom Cotton: ‘The Criminal-Leniency Bill in The Senate Is Dead’

The Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act (SRCA) that promised to slash sentences for federal prisoners, from which drug traffickers would largely benefit, has died in the Senate, Arkansas Sen. Tom Cotton said Thursday. The Senate bill would “would drastically reduce mandatory minimum sentences for all drug traffickers, even those who are armed and traffic in dangerous drugs like heroin,” as chief opponent Alabama Republican Sen. Jeff Sessions warned.

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Cory Booker: Some Violent Crimes Should Not Be Defined as Violent Crimes

New Jersey Democratic Sen. Cory Booker, who supports a pending sentencing reform bill that would reduce sentences for violent criminals, wants America to have a “candid conversation” about what violent crimes should be treated as violent crimes. “[W]e have an

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REGNERY: Why Are Liberals Anxious to Free Violent Criminals From Prison?

Why, you might ask, are these liberals so anxious to turn violent criminals free? What is to be gained, you might wonder, by having these felons – many of whom will again be trafficking in drugs and committing violent crimes in the process – wandering around our cities, contributing to the heroin epidemic, and leaving thousands of victims in their wake?

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Bill Bennett Slams Sentencing Reform Bill’s Early Release of Drug Traffickers: ‘Drug Dealing Is Inseparable from Violent Victimization’

BENNETT: The Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act now before Congress is based on a lie — that drug dealing is not a violent crime. Americans have been told this lie for years even as we witness the violence and death caused by drug dealers in our communities. Now, this lie is propelling legislation through Congress that will destroy more lives.

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Sentencing Reform: A Deal For The Criminals — But What About Their Victims?

Members of Congress are upset that we have too many criminals in federal prison. Prisons cost the taxpayers too much, they claim, and incarceration disrupts the criminals’ family lives. They decry the unfair mass incarceration of “low level” offenders, and tell us that the system is racist because a disproportionate number of minorities are in prison. Let them out, they claim, and try to “rehabilitate” them while they roam the streets once again.

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Andy McCarthy on Conservative, Libertarian Backers of Sentencing Reform: ‘They’re Open to Almost Anything That Cuts Out the Federal Role in Law Enforcement’

During his Monday morning appearance on Breitbart News Daily with SiriusXM host Stephen K. Bannon, former Assistant U.S. Attorney and National Review senior fellow Andy McCarthy described the sentencing reform bill that could slash mandatory minimum sentences as the product of an unhealthy political alliance — “the worst combination of bad elements coming together.”

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Sentencing Reform: Revisions Haven’t Fixed The Fatally Flawed Bill

Senators pushing hard to get criminal justice reform passed and onto the President’s desk, aware of the major criticism aimed at them from law enforcement groups, opposition from other Senators, and a host of constituents, have introduced a series of revisions to try to make the bill more palatable to critics. Certainly one of the reason the sponsors are restructuring the bill, which they previously advertised as applying only to nonviolent criminals, is because Senators running for re-election are terrified that releasing more violent criminals may harm their chances to return to Washington.

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Criminal Justice Reform: Hijacked by The Left

Legislation pending in both houses of Congress would reduce many mandatory minimum sentences imposed for serious crimes, many committed with a firearm, often involving chronic, violent offenders. It would also retroactively reduce sentencing provisions of The Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994, signed by Bill Clinton, which resulted in the conviction and imprisonment of thousands of violent criminals. The result would be to retroactively reduce penalties for thousands of serial armed career criminals including carjackers, bank robbers and kidnappers, reduce penalties for repeat high-level drug traffickers and weaken tools used by federal prosecutors to dismantle drug trafficking organizations.