Obama Administration Supports Bipartisan Criminal Justice Reform Bill
Obama Administration’s support for the Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act of 2015 [S 2123] was announced by US Deputy Attorney General Sally Quillian Yates.
The bipartisan legislation seeks to reduce the prison sentences of some nonviolent drug offenders whose presence in the prison has burdened the criminal justice system’s correctional facilitates. The bill further seeks to energize recidivism-reduction programs and provide added protections to juveniles, which would strengthen communities and the system.
President Barack Obama spoke in favor of criminal justice reform, emphasizing that the US has 2.2 million prisoners compared to the prison population of 500,000 30 years ago.