The Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act
The Senate Judiciary Committee has passed the Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act of 2015, a bill that reflects a more restorative approach to criminal justice and incarceration.
The legislation addresses a variety of criminal justice issues by combining new ideas and provisions from several previously introduced bills. The Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act of 2015 requires the Bureau of Prisons to assign programs based on the risks and needs of men and women in federal prisons. In exchange for completing programs proven to reduce the likelihood of them committing another crime, lower-risk prisoners can earn time toward pre-release custody. It expands eligibility for the federal safety valve and reduces mandatory minimum sentences and sentence enhancements for additional people convicted of drug offenses. The bill also includes reforms to address juveniles in the federal system, the need for an inventory of federal crimes and more accurate FBI background checks, among others.
This legislation moves the federal system to a more restorative model that should awaken America to the value of human lives affected by crime and incarceration.