How Long Is Too Long Behind Bars?

Post Date: October 9, 2013

Julie Stewart speaks with Senator Paul

Julie Stewart speaks with Senator Paul

(World Magazine) — Late last month, Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., told his colleagues that the nation’s mandatory minimum sentencing laws are ineffective. He’s leading a bipartisan coalition of senators who want Congress to reform the laws and give judges more sentencing leeway.

“Each case should be judged on its own merits,” Paul told The Washington Times. He’s pushing for the Federal Safety Valve Act, a bill that would allow judges to grant fewer years than the mandatory minimum sentence. The bill reflects the main sentiment driving sentencing reform: Judges should evaluate cases and offenders on a case-by-case basis.  Read more