Senate Vote Likely Wednesday on Sentencing Amendments

Sens. Tom Cotton (R-AR) and John Kennedy (R-LA) are pushing for amendments that could weaken the sentencing-reform bill, including changes that would bar more offenders from participating in the bill’s earned-time credit program and require the Bureau of Prisons to notify victims when prisoners are released in advance of their original expected sentence.

Sentencing Reform Still Alive Amid Time Crunch

Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and other advocates of sentencing and prison reform are desperately trying to sway Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) to keep the Senate in session longer in December to finish their bill. The Justice Department would like to rewrite some provisions, a move a critic blames on a “rogue” official.