U.S. Senate Judiciary Reviewing Federal Sentencing Reform Bills on Thursday December 19

Post Date: December 9, 2013

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Members of the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee.

The U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee has postponed its December 12 meeting to discuss mandatory minimum sentencing reform until Thursday, December 19. The Committee will discuss the Smarter Sentencing Act, S. 1410, the Justice Safety Valve Act, S. 619, and the Recidivism Reduction and Public Safety Act, S. 1675. The Committee is also likely to discuss a new bill introduced by Senator John Cornyn on December 9, the Federal Prison Reform Act, S. 1783.  

The Smarter Sentencing Act, if passed into law, would benefit thousands of nonviolent federal offenders facing mandatory minimum sentences (including some crack offenders who are already in federal prison) – but first, we have to get the members of the Senate Judiciary Committee to support it.  Read more about what the Smarter Sentencing Act does here.

If you live in Alabama, Arizona, California, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, New York, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Texas, Utah or Vermont, you have a Senator on the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee — and we need to influence those Senators so that they vote in favor of the Smarter Sentencing Act. Please click here for information on how you can call your Senators on the U.S. Senate Judiciary committee and urge them to support the Smarter Sentencing Act. Only people who live in these states should make the calls. Calls can be made until December 19. 

FAMM will update you on the hearing and the status of the bills right here on our website.