Trump throws support behind criminal justice bill

johnflesh

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Trump throws support behind criminal justice bill

President Trump threw his support behind long-stalled bipartisan criminal justice reform legislation on Wednesday, kicking off a legislative sprint on Capitol Hill where obstacles remain to getting the bill to his desk by the end of the year.

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The sentencing provisions include reducing lifetime mandatory minimum sentences after two prior felony drug convictions to at least 25 years; reducing minimum sentences after one prior conviction from 20 to 15 years; and making the Fair Sentencing Act retroactive.

It also would expand an existing safety valve for mandatory minimum sentencing that would not apply retroactively.
Read the full speech here - Remarks by President Trump on H.R. 5682, the FIRST STEP Act | The White House

Good move. Thoughts?
 

Ian Jeffrey

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Drugs should be decriminalized, and those in jail or prison for drug-only offenses (i.e., possession & distribution) should be released. We would then have plenty of room for, say, violent offenders. It would also help put private lockups out of business.

So this bill might be a decent step in the right direction. Mandatory sentences are absurd, anyway.
 
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Stupid bill, they should keep them locked up in a hole somewhere.


So a returning veteran who suffers from PTSD and lost an eye in a-stan finds relief in marijuana. He has to cross state lines to buy it, and has to buy a felonious amount to prevent multiple trips.

He gets caught, you think he should go to prison?