High Ranking Democrat Senator "Not Comfortable" with Reducing Mandatory Minimum Sentencing Laws Designed to Lock Up as many Non-whites as possible
According to Neely Fuller the System of White Supremacy Requires a Substantial Number of Non-Whites to be Incarcerated
From [HERE] Sen. Diane Feinstein, D-Calif., said Wednesday that she is conflicted about legislation to scale back mandatory minimum sentencing laws, signaling that lawmakers in both parties are wary of the effort ahead of a Senate Judiciary Committee markup in December.
Feinstein, the second-highest-ranking Democrat on the committee, said in an interview that she is “not comfortable” with legislation that would reduce criminal penalties for some offenders, even though Chairman Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., has strongly urged the panel to act on the issue.
“We’ve been wrestling with it,” Feinstein said. “For me right now, it’s not an easy question.”
The Judiciary Committee is expected to meet after the Thanksgiving recess to mark up four bills related to the federal prison system, including two that would effectively reduce criminal sentences and two that would allow some prisoners to earn earlier releases if they participate in rehabilitation programs. All four bills are aimed at curbing the rapid growth in the number of federal inmates.
One of the sentencing bills (S 619), sponsored by Leahy and Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., would greatly expand judges’ discretion to impose criminal penalties below the mandatory minimum sentences that are set out in statute. The other (S 1410), sponsored by Sens. Richard J. Durbin, D-Ill., and Mike Lee, R-Utah, is narrower, but would reduce the statutory minimum penalties for some drug crimes, among other steps.
Feinstein said she has serious reservations about any legislation. Her remarks represent a break with Leahy, who supports both sentencing bills and has repeatedly argued that lawmakers should reconsider “tough-on-crime” penalties that have led to the increase in the federal prison population and a corresponding increase in taxpayer costs.