January 09, 2018

ABA President Hilarie Bass sends letter to Senate Judiciary Committee supporting sentence reform act

WASHINGTON, Jan. 9, 2018 — American Bar Association President Hilarie Bass sent a letter to the Senate Judiciary Committee strongly commending leaders of both parties for their bipartisan negotiations on complex sentencing and corrections issues that are desperately needed. The ABA urges members of the committee to promptly approve the bill without weakening amendments.

The bill, S. 1917, does not go as far as the ABA would like in overhauling federal sentencing policy, but it takes many important steps forward to reduce reliance on mandatory minimum sentences for low-level drug offenders and to improve sentencing and correction policies that affect juvenile justice.

Read the letter here.

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