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    U.S. - Trump Embraces a Path to Revise U.S. Sentencing and Prison Laws
    The New York Times
    Nicholas Fandos and Maggie Haberman
    November 14th, 2018

    WASHINGTON -- President Trump threw his support behind a substantial revision of the nation's prison and sentencing laws on Wednesday, opening a potential path to enacting the most significant changes to the criminal justice system in a generation.

    The tentative legislative package, developed by a bipartisan group of senators and called the First Step Act, builds on a prison overhaul bill already passed overwhelmingly by the House by adding changes that would begin to unwind some of the tough-on-crime federal policies of the 1980s and 1990s that incarcerated African-American offenders at much higher rates than white offenders.

    Combining new funding for anti-recidivism programs, the expansion of early-release credits for prisoners and the reduction of certain mandatory minimum sentences, the compromise bill would help shape the experiences of tens of thousands of current inmates and future offenders.

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    Among the long-sought changes incorporated into the legislation is language shortening mandatory minimum sentences for some nonviolent drug offenses, including changing the "three strikes" penalty to 25 years from life in prison. Judges would also have greater freedom to use so-called safety valves to sidestep mandatory minimums in some cases. And the bill would clarify that the so-called stacking mechanism making it a federal crime to possess a firearm while committing another crime, like a drug offense, should apply only to individuals who have previously been convicted.

    It would also extend retroactively a reduction in the sentencing disparity between crack and powder cocaine signed into law in 2010, which could affect thousands of drug offenders serving lengthy sentences for crack-cocaine offenses, which were dealt with far more harshly than the same crimes involving powder cocaine. That disparity hit black Americans hard while letting many white drug dealers off with lighter punishments.
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    I was very surprised to see this have support from conservatives.

    At least some things are still moving on the right direction.

    One thing that absolutely disgusts me is that CNN is doing virtually zero reporting on this...when I would say about 95 percent of their non trump related reporting is related is racial injustice in the criminal justice system.

    ...now trump has done something to address this and they are completely silent.

    Both sides of the MSM are the enemy of the people. I totally agree with trump on that point.
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    it may have support from conservatives because some degree of reform is due and unavoidable. and this will let off steam. the minimum amount necessary.

    geo group and core civiv are big donors. their candidate won. hard to imagine they're now getting fucked for the greater good of humanity.

    amazon has a market cap of $730B and gave about $660K in the 2016 election cycle. geo group has a market cap of $2.7B and gave $1.1M in the 2016 election cycle.

    core civic, market cap $2.5B, gave $350K for the 2016 cycle and spent over $1M lobbying in 2016. apple has a market cap of $840B and spent all of $4M lobbying in 2016.
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    Quote Originally Posted by hydroazuanacaine View Post
    it may have support from conservatives because some degree of reform is due and unavoidable. and this will let off steam. the minimum amount necessary.

    geo group and core civiv are big donors. their candidate won. hard to imagine they're now getting fucked for the greater good of humanity.

    amazon has a market cap of $730B and gave about $660K in the 2016 election cycle. geo group has a market cap of $2.7B and gave $1.1M in the 2016 election cycle.

    core civic, market cap $2.5B, gave $350K for the 2016 cycle and spent over $1M lobbying in 2016. apple has a market cap of $840B and spent all of $4M lobbying in 2016.
    yea i can't believe geo is getting stabbed in the back. something seems fishy.
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