Prison Sentencing

Utah Senator Meets Inmate Who Inspired Sentencing Law Rewrite

Sen. Mike Lee has told the story of Weldon Angelos’ prison term hundreds of times, describing the 55-year sentence over three marijuana sales in 72 hours as “crazy” and “nuts.”

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Durbin Touts Sentencing Overhaul

Following an enthusiastic press conference Thursday morning, Sen. Richard J. Durbin, D-Ill., discussed the details of the bipartisan Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act on the Senate floor, a long-anticipated bill to overhaul sentencing provisions and give judges flexibility on mandatory minimum sentences.

Watch Live: Senate Hearing on Federal Prison System

The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee holds an oversight hearing on the federal prison system. Department of Justice officials and Piper Kerman, author of “Orange is the New Black: My Year in a Women’s Prison,” are among the witnesses expected to testify.

Boehner Aims to Move Criminal Justice Overhaul Bill

A bipartisan criminal justice overhaul bill introduced last month gained the support Thursday of Speaker John A. Boehner, who wants to see the measure led by Reps. Jim Sensenbrenner, R-Wis., and Robert C. Scott, D-Va., move forward in the House of Representatives.

“I don’t think I want to get into all the details, I frankly am not the expert on this, but we’ve got a lot of people in prison frankly, that really in my view, don’t need to be there,” Boehner said. “… Some of these people are in there under what I'll call flimsy reasons, and so I think it’s time that we review this process, they have, and I’m looking forward to putting these recommendations on the floor.”

Pelosi: Congress Should 'Revisit' Mandatory Minimum Sentences

When asked Thursday about what action Congress can take in the wake of violence in Baltimore over the death of Freddie Gray, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi pointed to a few proposals on racial profiling and police cameras, adding that Congress should revisit mandatory minimum sentences.