Salt Lake City, Utah- (ABC4 Utah) – Support for a bill that would reform the criminal justice system is growing in Congress.
Utah Senator, Mike Lee first teamed up with Democrat, Dick Durbin of Illinois about three years ago.Today the bill is cosponsored by a bipartisan group of senators. You might call it a rare sight in Washington these days.
“We come here today to tell you about something that unites us, that brings us together and not without a lot of work,” said Durbin.
That something is the Sentencing Reform & Corrections Act, co-sponsored by 37 senators from both sides of the isle. The focus is to address the exploding prison population across the country.
“This also has a significant human cost, which I think is the most important element of all of it. We have husbands, and fathers, sons, nephews, uncles, brothers who have been locked up for years, sometimes decades at a time for circumstances that often don’t warrant it,” said Lee.
Glen Mills, ABC 4 Utah, April 29, 2016