Comment Of Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Ranking Member, Senate Judiciary Committee, On the Introduction of Bipartisan Sentencing Reform Legislation in the House

[Senate Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) issued the following comment Thursday after House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) and Ranking Member John Conyers (D-Mich.) announced an agreement on bipartisan criminal justice reform legislation.  The announcement comes one week after a bipartisan group of Senators including Leahy introduced the Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act of 2015 to reduce the impact of some mandatory minimum sentences and apply those changes retroactively to inmates currently serving unfair sentences.]

“I commend Chairman Goodlatte and Ranking Member Conyers for introducing legislation to reform our nation’s criminal justice system.  The bipartisan nature of the House bill, coupled with our bipartisan introduction of broader legislation in the Senate last week, marks a new chapter in criminal justice reform.  With the support and leadership of the Chairman and Ranking Member in both chambers, I have great hope that Congress will pass legislation this year to improve our criminal justice system by focusing on the most serious offenders, allowing us to ease the pressure on our over-crowded prisons and reinvest the savings in keeping our communities safe.  I look forward to reviewing the House bill and working with all members on this most important issue.”

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