federal prisons http://wfpl.org en Attorney General Eric Holder Gives Rand Paul, Kentucky Shoutouts in Announcing Sentencing Changes http://wfpl.org/post/attorney-general-eric-holder-gives-rand-paul-kentucky-shoutouts-announcing-sentencing-changes <p>Attorney General Eric Holder announced on Monday changes to how the federal government prosecutes and sentences &nbsp;people accused of nonviolent crimes, and he gave Kentucky a shoutout in the process.</p> Mon, 12 Aug 2013 19:33:43 +0000 Joseph Lord 6436 at http://wfpl.org Attorney General Eric Holder Gives Rand Paul, Kentucky Shoutouts in Announcing Sentencing Changes Congressman Thomas Massie Proposes Bipartisan Bill to Ease Federal Sentencing Laws http://wfpl.org/post/congressman-thomas-massie-proposes-bipartisan-bill-ease-federal-sentencing-laws <p>Joining a Democratic colleague, Republican Congressman Thomas Massie Kentucky is introducing a bipartisan bill to give federal judges more flexibility when issuing mandatory minimum sentences.</p><p>The legislation is parallel to the <a href="http://wfpl.org/post/senator-rand-paul-joins-democrat-give-judges-more-flexibility-federal-sentencing">Senate version proposed by fellow Kentucky Republican Rand Paul</a> and Democrat Patrick Leahy of Vermont. Both measures expand the so-called "safety valve" provision that would provides the courts with more latitude, and tailor individual cases.</p> Wed, 24 Apr 2013 21:37:25 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 5130 at http://wfpl.org Congressman Thomas Massie Proposes Bipartisan Bill to Ease Federal Sentencing Laws Senator Rand Paul Joins Democrat to Give Judges More Flexibility in Federal Sentencing http://wfpl.org/post/senator-rand-paul-joins-democrat-give-judges-more-flexibility-federal-sentencing <p>Joining Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., Senator Rand Paul, R-Ky., has introduced a bill to allow judges greater flexibility in sentencing federal crimes where a mandatory minimum punishment is considered unnecessary.</p><p>The bipartisan Justice Safety Valve Act of 2013 will expand the so-called "safety valve", which allows judges to impose a sentence below the mandatory minimum in qualifying drug cases.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>Leahy and Paul are polar opposites politically, but the two senators agree more latitude is needed to address the country's growing prison population and spiraling costs.&nbsp;</p><p>For many critics, the "tough-on-crime" of the past 30 years have created laws that disproportionately effect minorities and the poor.</p><p>Paul emphasizes that the mandatory laws are a part of federal overreach where more judicial discretion is needed.</p><p>"Our country’s mandatory minimum laws reflect a Washington-knows-best, one-size-fits-all approach, which undermines the Constitutional Separation of Powers, violates the our bedrock principle that people should be treated as individuals, and costs the taxpayers money without making them any safer," Paul said in a news release. "This bill is necessary to combat the explosion of new federal criminal laws, many of which carry new mandatory minimum penalties."</p><p> Wed, 20 Mar 2013 20:35:16 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 4589 at http://wfpl.org Senator Rand Paul Joins Democrat to Give Judges More Flexibility in Federal Sentencing