U.S. Senators Rand Paul, Patrick Leahy, and Jeff Merkley reintroduced the Justice Safety Valve Act, which would allow federal judges to impose sentences below mandatory minimums on a case-by-case basis. Following the U.S. Attorney General’s decision to restrict federal prosecutors’ use of discretion in individual cases, the U.S. Justice Action Network applauds Sens. Paul, Leahy, and Merkley’s desire to move forward on federal criminal justice reforms.
Holly Harris, Executive Director of the U.S. Justice Action Network:
“As the nation’s largest bipartisan organization working to reform our justice system, we support reforms to federal sentencing policy for low-level, non-violent offenders. We are pleased to see a continued commitment in Congress from justice reform champions like Sens. Rand Paul, Patrick Leahy, and Jeff Merkley, and it is reassuring that our federal legislators are working across the aisle on this issue given the current politically charged environment in our nation’s capital. We urge other members of Congress to pay attention to what is happening in their own backyards and follow the lead of states like Georgia, Oklahoma, and Kentucky.”