The House Judiciary Committee this week will consider legislation to reform the criminal justice system, following bipartisan calls for changes to sentencing laws.
Committee Chairman Rep. Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., says the push is for what he's calling "common sense reforms" that reflect core American values.
"Through the Committee's initiative we are addressing issues such as over-criminalization, sentencing reform, prison and reentry reform, improved criminal procedures and policing strategies, and civil asset forfeiture reform," Goodlatte said in a video statement Monday.
On Wednesday, the House Committee will markup the Sentencing Reform Act, a bill introduced last month by Goodlatte, Ranking Member Rep. John Conyers, D-Mich., Rep. Raul Labrador, R-Idaho, Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security,and Investigations Subcommittee Ranking Member Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, D-Texas, Rep. Mike Bishop, R-Mich., and Rep. Judy Chu, D-Calif.
The legislation is a companion to the Sentencing and Corrections Reform Act that passed through the Senate Judiciary Committee last month and has the backing of President Obama.Read more on WashingtonExaminer.com