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Trump backs major overhaul of US sentencing laws

2018-11-15 00:05
U.S. President Donald Trump on Wednesday announced his support for the first major rewrite of the nation's criminal justice sentencing laws in a generation. "Today I'm thrilled to announce my support for this bipartisan bill that will make our communities safer and give former inmates a second chance at life after they have served their time," Trump said at the White House, hailing the deal as proof that "true bipartisanship is possible." Lawmakers reached an agreement this week on the bipartisan legislation that would boost rehabilitation efforts for federal prisoners and give judges more discretion when sentencing nonviolent offenders, particularly for drug offenses. Criminal justice reform has been a priority of Trump's son-in-law, White House senior adviser Jared Kushner, who has been working on the issue for many months. Trump pushed for swift passage of the legislation, potentially during the lame-duck session of Congress. "I'll be waiting with a pen," he said. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell was cautious about the bill's prospects on Wednesday. He told reporters Wednesday that GOP leaders would gauge the bill's support once they have a final proposal in hand. Credit: AP