A bill that would give federal judges more discretion in sentencing was immediately resurrected by lawmakers after Attorney General Jeff Sessions returned the Justice Department to archaic, "tough-on-crime" policies of the past.
President Trump's tough-on-crime rhetoric so far in office has largely echoed what he said throughout the campaign. But, there have been some positive indicators that criminal justice reform may still be possible under the new administration.
The urgent need for these commonsense reforms should transcend partisan politics, and Sens. Grassley, Durbin, and Speaker Ryan should be commended for their leadership and support of the Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act.