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March 30, 2017

White House adviser Jared Kushner and Senate Judiciary Chair Charles Grassley meet on federal criminal justice reform

This new AP article reports that "Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley met with White House adviser Jared Kushner about criminal justice reform Thursday, giving supporters a small sign of encouragement that the issue could be revived under President Donald Trump."  Here is more context (but not much of substance) about the meeting:

[A reform] bill died in the Senate last year over conservative opposition, and its future has seemed unclear under Trump.  Attorney General Jeff Sessions, then a senator from Alabama, was a fierce opponent.  Former President Barack Obama was an enthusiastic backer of the effort, and supporters were skeptical that Trump would be as well, since he had dubbed himself "law-and-order candidate" and talked about a country in crisis, with terrorism in big cities and attacks on police.

Grassley, R-Iowa, confirmed the meeting with Kushner, Trump's adviser and son-in-law, which was first reported by BuzzFeed News, but would not comment on its substance.  The White House did not have immediate comment.  On whether the bill could be revived, Grassley said, "We're trying to reach some accommodation, if there needs to be any adjustment to the bill we had last year."

An unusual coalition — including the American Civil Liberties Union and the conservative Koch Industries — says the system is broken and supports changes.  Grassley and Texas Sen. John Cornyn, the No. 2 Republican in the Senate, and Illinois Sen. Dick Durbin, the No. 2 Senate Democrat, were sponsors of the bill.  House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., has also been a strong supporter of the effort.

Advocates were encouraged by the meeting.  Holly Harris of the Justice Action Network said she is hopeful that lawmakers in Congress are paying attention to several successful state efforts to make similar changes.  And given the bipartisan support, she said, it's legislation that has a real chance of passing. "Congress needs to prove it can accomplish something, and this is the perfect issue," she said.

I am disinclined to call this one meeting a sign that federal statutory sentencing reform is in the works again, but it is an encouraging developments nonetheless for those eager to see Congress do some more reform work in this space.

March 30, 2017 at 02:54 PM | Permalink


Harvard indoctrinated scum, Kushner.

Dirtbag, leftist Grassley. Iowa has no indigenous crime. That is a place where the neighbors do come around, and will stop criminality. Grassley has no knowledge of crime.

When Harvard scum and left wing dirt bag go on a date, we know the result. The crime victim will be fucked.

You lawyers will do very well.

Posted by: David Behar | Mar 30, 2017 8:26:14 PM

You know what gets aggravating, reading your comments that lack any substance or rational though.

Posted by: Atomicfrog | Mar 31, 2017 8:51:43 AM

SC, you missed your last medication cycle. Time to pop a few, I think.

Posted by: MidWestGuy | Mar 31, 2017 5:12:58 PM

I only have a question, rather than a comment. Q: How would you like to have a love one sentenced to 30 years and they did not kill, molest children, rape, assault anyoneor steal BILLIONS? Drug Conspiracy and failure to cooperate (refuse to tell on others) is a prerequisite for mandatory sentencing.

Jared Kushner's dad was convicted and sentenced to federal prison. I would think, he would have first hand knowledge of both sides of the argument; criminal Dad & Jared as a victim. Reform is desperately needed. People are serving too much time. Just a thought.

Posted by: Carole | Jun 1, 2017 6:45:16 PM

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