The reforms are aimed at decreasing the number of American’s in it’s jails….
The number people in federal dentention has increased to 40% over capacity since the 1980’s tough on crime days…..
It has not be overloked that the cost associated with this eats up 25% of the Department of Justices budget….
The president has used his bully pulpit to highlight criminal justice reforms before, urging Congress to act and even inviting Republicans to the White House to discuss a path forward.
On Tuesday, former Attorney General Eric Holder echoed the president in a Tweet: “the need is clear. Bipartisan support exists. Congress has to pass a bill this session.”
Whitehouse, another key Democrat in negotiations, however, said any sense of urgency is misplaced and the issue just takes patience — it’s “just a matter of time.”
“Sometimes Congress has to work to get agreement and it can be a little difficult, but when they get it, you can move very fast because of the work that was done pulling things together over a little bit of time,” he said in a brief interview. “We are doing what’s, essentially, the necessary work of engineering. Sometimes, with legislating, you have to go slow in order to go fast.”
Criminal justice reform has become a key priority among rank-and-file lawmakers ever since the Ferguson, Missouri, and Baltimore riots that followed the deaths of unarmed black men at the hands of police.
Sentencing is often seen as a racial disparity issue because African-Americans are disproportionately affected by drug-related sentencing requirements. The issue has drawn together unlikely bedfellows, from black lawmakers worried about equality to tea party firebrands who note the explosion of prison populations and the federal tax dollars it drains.