On August 1, senators Mike Lee (R-UT) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) announced a bipartisan bill known as the Smarter Sentencing Act, which will advance more effective and just criminal sentencing for non-violent drug offenses. The legislation is intended to refocus the Bureau of Prisons’ resources on the most serious offenders and crime prevention
California is under federal court orders to reduce severe, inhumane overcrowding. Thus they've released many inmates. In 2012, the national average of inmates thus dropped 1.7%. Whoopee. 330,000 are still in prison with antiquated drug convictions. Call me when we start really emptying cells and taking care of the long-term population with something like compassion or humanity.