Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Wise Mercy Commuting Drug Sentences Must Inspire Reform

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Wise Mercy Commuting Drug Sentences Must Inspire Reform

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By commuting the prison sentences of 61 drug offenders last week, President Barack Obama has continued the movement to bring sanity to the criminal justice system. With this batch, the president has extended clemency to 248 inmates, and the White House promises more to come this year.

Though the clamor of the presidential campaign has cooled action in recent months, the movement to reform drug sentencing laws has been a rare area of bipartisan cooperation in Congress. For example, U.S. Rep. Bob Goodlatte, a Republican of Virginia, sponsored the Sentencing Reform Act to reduce mandatory minimums for drug offenses and propose other sensible changes. Two other Republicans and three Democrats joined the bill's introduction, and the co-sponsors include 17 Republicans and 46 Democrats. …

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