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Letter in support of the Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act

February 06, 2018
As the Judiciary Committee prepares to consider the Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act this month, The Sentencing Project writes to offer its endorsement of the bill’s passage.

As the Judiciary Committee prepares to consider the Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act this month, The Sentencing Project writes to offer its endorsement of the bill’s passage. The federal prison system is the largest in the country, and the Department of Justice’s budget proposal for 2018 projects a 2% increase in the prison population. Gone unchecked, the federal government’s harsh sentencing structure frequently applied to convictions for nonviolent offenses and its underfunded system for rehabilitation exacerbates the fiscal and humanitarian burdens plaguing the prison system. The Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act would take important steps to address this crisis and help create a more equitable and proportionate criminal justice system with no adverse impact on public safety.

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