People like Sen. Cory Booker, D-New Jersey and Derek Cohen of the conservative think tank Right on Crime are lining up, for a variety of reasons - some economic, others related to basic notions of justice. The U.S. Senate is also "considering big changes." It is considering legislation that will 1) remove the "three strikes" law calling for mandatory life sentences 2) allow crack offenders to challenge their sentences by retroactively - via 2010 legislation 3) reduce solitary confinement in juvenile facilities 4) empower judges to use more discretion
While praising Obama for visiting a federal prison, political science professor and author P. S. Ruckman Jr. said the President should and can do more. "He can grant more pardons and commutations of sentence," Ruckman wrote in a CNN commentary. "Obama has granted exactly one more commutation than the previous four presidents combined, even though he has received over 1,000 more applications for commutations of sentence than the previous four combined. Amazingly, Obama's record on pardons is even worse."See full story here.