Justice Safety Valve Act – H.R. 2435 / S. 1134 (115th Congress)

H.R. 2435
Introduced by:
Reps. Thomas Massie (R-KY) and Bobby Scott (D-VA)  
Text of bill: 
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S. 1134
Introduced by: Sens. Rand Paul (R-KY), Patrick Leahy (D-VT), and Jeff Merkley (D-OR)
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The Justice Safety Valve Act would, if passed, allow judges to give a sentence different from the mandatory minimum sentence in any federal case. To give a sentence other than the mandatory minimum term, the judge must first give both the prosecutor and the defendant notice and an opportunity to respond. If the judge gives a sentence other than the mandatory minimum, he/she would be required to explain, in writing, why the mandatory minimum term does not fulfill one of the purposes of punishment set by Congress in 18 U.S.C. section 3553(a) (e.g., rehabilitation, just punishment, public safety, deterrence). The prosecutor could appeal the judge’s decision to disregard the mandatory minimum sentence.  

FAMM supports the Justice Safety Valve Act. 

Summary: Click here to read our detailed summary of the Justice Safety Valve Act. 

Bill Status: These bills have not become law. We do not know if or when these bills could become law. To become a law, these bills must be approved by the Judiciary Committee, passed by the U.S. House of Representatives, passed by the U.S. Senate, and signed by the President. It takes a long time to pass a bill into law, and very few bills become laws each year. Versions of these bills have been introduced in previous sessions of Congress and have not passed. 

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