Christie Pushes Bail Reform as the Feds Seek to Loosen Sentencing Guidelines
For America’s most famous former U.S. Attorney, who also happens to be a big proponent of revising penalties for non-violent drug offenders, the appropriateness of criminal justice reform hinges on the presence of…. violence.
From the Governor at yesterday’s Middlesex Co. town hall:
Christie isn’t the only one engaging this somewhat difficult topic. One of his potential 2016 rivals is also fully engaged.
In related news, Sens. Rand Paul and Patrick Leahy are leading a big push to grant federal judges great discretion in granting sentences below the mandatory minimums. There was a time in the 70s and 80s when criminal justice reform was a third rail. Broaching the topic could be political suicide. No more. It’s becoming a bipartisan issue as prison populations swell across the fruited plains. The only mainstream disagreement concerns the details.