U.S. Senate Judiciary to Begin Consideration of Federal Sentencing Reform Bills

Post Date: November 12, 2013

Leahy Paul

Sen. Leahy and Sen. Paul, sponsors of federal sentencing reform legislation.

Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), chairman of the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee, announced on Friday that the committee will begin discussing federal sentencing reform bills, including the Justice Safety Valve Act and the Smarter Sentencing Act, at a hearing on Thursday, November 14. The Judiciary Committee is not expected to vote on any of the bills on Thursday.

“After years of debate, I am encouraged that we have bipartisan agreement that we must act; that we must reevaluate how many people we send to prison and for how long. Public safety demands it. Fiscal responsibility demands it. Justice demands it,”  Leahy said.  “We have in the Judiciary Committee an historic opportunity to improve, in a comprehensive way, our nation’s sentencing laws.  I urge all members of the Committee who want to join this effort to come together toward a comprehensive solution to confront the unsustainable costs of our federal prisons.” 

FAMM will attend the hearing and keep you updated on developments here on our website.  

Click here to read Sen. Leahy’s press release.

Watch the hearing live on Thursday.

Click here for FAMM’s analysis of the Justice Safety Valve Act and the Smarter Sentencing Act.