“Overcrowded prisons, long sentences and skyrocketing costs are just a few reasons Democrats and Republicans in both the House and Senate have joined forces to try to solve the problem of reforming the criminal justice system. It’s putting conservative groups like the Koch Brothers on the same team as President Obama, a rarity in Washington.
“The legislation in the Senate is called the Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act of 2015 and focuses on reducing the mandatory minimum prison terms for some non-violent offenders. It prohibits solitary confinement for juveniles in most cases. It also creates new mandatory minimum prison terms for: (1) interstate domestic violence that results in a victim’s death, and (2) providing goods and services to terrorists, to any person to develop weapons of mass destruction, or to a country subject to an arms embargo.”