19th Feb 2015

The Recidivism Risk Reduction Act of 2015 makes some ambitious proposals. It remains to be seen how seriously Congress will take its ideas. more

13th Feb 2015

The Justice Safety Valve Act would allow a Judge to set aside a statutory mandatory minimum. It has a slim chance of passage. more

18th Dec 2014

This session of Congress has ended without passing any sentencing reform bills, including the Smarter Sentencing Act. more

16th Jul 2014

Sen. Rand Paul introduced the REDEEM Act and another bill to help those convicted of non-violent offenses re-integrate into society. more

5th Jun 2014

The latest version of S. 1675 has good ideas that, if implemented wisely, may help the federal prison population grow less swiftly and reduce costs. more

7th Apr 2014

The Senate Judiciary Committee substantially changed its version of the Smarter Sentencing Act of 2013 and sent it to the whole Senate for a vote. Read on for details … more

6th Mar 2014

The Justice Safety Valve Act of 2013 gives judges discretion to not abide by a mandatory minimum if they believe the mandatory minimum is unjustly high. more