TBA Law Blog

Posted by: Brittany Sims on Apr 23, 2014

Thousands of federal prison inmates could seek early release under details of a new, long-awaited clemency program today unveiled by the Obama administration, the Wall Street Journal Law Blog reports. The effort is part of a broader push by the administration and some in Congress to roll back sentencing practices that were largely developed in the 1980s as a reaction to the crack-cocaine epidemic and a rise in crime. House Judiciary Chairman and Virginia Republican Robert W. Goodlatte ripped the new sentencing plan, saying, “The Justice Department’s mission is to ‘enforce the law and defend the interests of the United States according to the law,’ not to re-write the laws and to endanger American communities.” Roll Call has more.