The bill introduced by a bi-partisan group of senators including Sen. John Cornyn of Texas, the No 2 Republican in the Senate, Sen Chuck Grassley, Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee and Senator Lindsey Graham. The bill has assessment requirements to determine repeat crime. It allow the Bureau of Prisons to determine the risk level of repeat offense and be eligible for reduced sentences by 10 days of every 30 days for participation in rehabiliitation program. The bill reducesenhanced penalties that apply to repeat drug offenders. However violent prior convictions and serious drug felonies will not be eligible.
The new bill would elimate the mandatory life sentences for non-violent and three strikes offenders. Violent offenders, inmates convicted of terrorism and sex offender charges will be excluded. In addition to members of organized crime and major fraud offenders will also be excluded.
The impact of this bill will give minority families some hope of seeing their loves ones, who represent 60% of the total jail population., Blacks represented 35% and Hispanics represented 15%. The racial disparties in incarceration among African Americans serving 58.7 months in comparison to their white counterparts. For black males in their thirties, 1 in every 10 in prison or jail on any given day.