Smart sentencing proposal

 

The Herald hasn’t published any stories about Senate bill 619, the Justice Safety Valve Act of 2013, which was introduced on March 20 by Sen. Patrick J. Leahy, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, and Sen. Rand Paul. It allows federal courts — in some circumstances — to sentence a person below the mandatory minimum if that sentence is too lengthy, unjust or unreasonable or doesn’t fit the offender or the crime.

This proposed safety valve is not a “get out of jail free” card. People will still go to prison. The new safety valve simply ensures that no one goes to prison for longer than is necessary to keep society safe. And that means our prison beds and budget are saved for those who pose the biggest danger to us.

Lee Lapid, Marathon

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