The Issue that Could Keep Congress from Passing Criminal Justice Reform
Washington Post
January 20, 2016

“A bipartisan bill to reduce sentences for nonviolent federal offenders stands atop the short list of significant legislation Congress might actually pass in this election year, but a Capitol Hill hearing Wednesday demonstrated just how tenuous even that bill’s chances are in a bitterly divided Congress.

“The Senate Judiciary Committee heard testimony on a narrow but crucial issue that has emerged as the main political obstacle to a criminal justice reform bill: to what degree prosecutors must prove a defendant’s criminal intent in order to win convictions for certain federal crimes.”

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