Where Ted Cruz Stands on Criminal Justice Reform

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March 26, 2015 We’re taking a look at where the 2016 Presidential Candidates stand on justice reform. See how the rest of them stack up. Ted Cruz has proposed policies to scrub the federal code of redundant crimes and reduce harsh sentencing for nonviolent offenders. On sentencing reform: According to the National Review, Cruz co-sponsored legislation with Senator Paul that was passed retroactively by Congress in 2010 to reduce crack sentencing and cut mandatory minimum sentences for various drug offenses in half. In February 2015, Senator Ted Cruz co-sponsored the bipartisan Smarter Sentencing Act, which would give judges more discretion in sentencing non-violent drug offenders. According to the Hill, “The bill …

Where John Kasich Stands on Criminal Justice Reform

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March 26, 2015 We’re taking a look at where the 2016 Presidential Candidates stand on justice reform. See how the rest of them stack up. As governor, Kasich supported efforts to help non-violent ex-offenders get jobs and has supported sentencing reform bills. On sentencing reform: In 2011, John Kasich signed a sentencing reform bill that gave judges the distraction to send non-violent fourth- and fifth-degree felons to community-based halfway-house facilities instead of prison. The bill also increased the earned credit system so that inmates can more quickly earn reductions of their sentences, and allows some felons who have already served 80 percent of their time to be immediately released. In 2000, …