Senators Close to ‘Willie Horton’ Fix in Criminal Justice Bill
Washington Examiner
April 12, 2016

“A bipartisan group of Senate negotiators has reached an agreement they believe will alleviate Republican fears that violent criminals will benefit from a bill to reform criminal sentences, a change some are calling a ‘Willie Horton’ fix.

“Horton was the felon who was furloughed in Massachusetts in 1986, after which he raped a woman in Maryland and killed her fiance. The event became part of the 1988 presidential campaign, and part of the Republican argument against Massachusetts Gov. Michael Dukakis.”

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