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Column: Sentencing in nonviolent drug cases needs change

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By Sen. Tim Scott

I joined a bipartisan group of senators Oct. 4 to introduce the Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act of 2017, which would recalibrate prison sentences for nonviolent drug offenders, target violent and career criminals and save taxpayer dollars.
The legislation permits more judicial discretion at sentencing for offenders with minimal criminal histories and helps inmates successfully reenter society, while tightening penalties for violent criminals and preserving key prosecutorial tools for law enforcement.


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