Needed: A New Safety Valve

Needed: A New Safety Valve

June 23, 2013 | by  | The New York Times

When it comes to federal crimes and the justice system, mandatory minimum sentences contribute to prison overcrowding and rising costs. They can also result in sentences that are overly harsh or even irrational. A new bill, the Justice Safety Valve Act, would allow judges more flexibility in sentencing offenders appropriately based on the circumstances of the crime.

When it comes to federal crimes and the justice system, mandatory minimum sentences contribute to prison overcrowding and rising costs. They can also result in sentences that are overly harsh or even irrational. A new bill, the Justice Safety Valve Act, would allow judges more flexibility in sentencing offenders appropriately based on the circumstances of the crime.

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