President Donald Trump pledged his support for a major overhaul of sentencing laws and prisoner re-entry programs at the White House on Wednesday.
Trump’s backing for the package, which is still being drafted in the Senate, has been seen as a key factor in providing political cover for Republicans and Democrats to vote for an overhaul that would diminish criminal penalties for some offenders and make it easier for former inmates to find work.
Trump framed a planned reduction in certain mandatory minimum sentences for drug offenses and other proposed sentencing provisions as a bid to fix President Bill Clinton’s 1994 anti-crime law.
“It rolls back some of the provisions of the Clinton crime law that disproportionately harmed [the] African-American community,” Trump said at a White House event.
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BREAKING: @POTUS @realDonaldTrump announces his support of bipartisan criminal justice reform. We brought together coalitions from across the political spectrum in LA. I’m proud to work with him and Congress to get this done on the federal level. #lagov #CJReform #lalege https://t.co/ZSRLSjlAW6— John Bel Edwards (@LouisianaGov) November 14, 2018