This week, I joined Senator Rand Paul (R-KY), Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT), Senator Jeff Merkley (D-OR), and Congressman Bobby Scott (D-VA) to introduce the Justice Safety Valve Act. The Justice Safety Valve Act would give federal judges the ability to impose sentences below mandatory minimums in appropriate cases based upon mitigating factors.
The one-size-fits-all approach of federally mandated minimums does not give judges the latitude they need to ensure that punishments fit the crimes. As a result, nonviolent offenders are sometimes given excessive sentences. Furthermore, public safety can be compromised because violent offenders are released from our nation's overcrowded prisons to make room for nonviolent offenders. #JSVA #CJReform