Trump throws support behind criminal justice bill


Former Staff
Feb 2007
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.


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?


Former Staff
Jan 2015
Left coast
As is so often the case, the devil is in the details. But assuming what is being reported so far is anywhere close to correct after basically two years, he finally did something right. The stopped clock still has him beat.

Ian Jeffrey

Council Hall
Mar 2013
Vulcan, down the street from Darth Vader
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.

Rev. Hellh0und

Former Staff
Jul 2011
Somewhere below 14th and East.
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?