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Libertarian Lawmakers Criticize Trump Administration’s Support Of Mandatory Minimum Policies

Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) and Rep. Justin Amash (R-MI) are up in arms after Attorney General Jeff Sessions released sentencing guidelines last week indicating his favor of mandatory minimum sentences that were being phased out by the Obama administration. The two libertarian lawmakers have been long-time advocates for criminal justice reform. They feel that the Trump Administration under Sessions is clearly headed in the wrong direction on this particular policy, which will only serve to clog the prisons further while doing little to prevent crime. “Mandatory minimum sentences have unfairly and disproportionately incarcerated too many minorities for too long,” Paul said in a press release. “Attorney General Sessions’ new policy will accentuate that injustice. Instead, we should treat our nation’s drug epidemic as a health crisis and less as a ‘lock ‘em up and throw away the key’ problem.” Amash concurred with Paul’s statement. He said the following in a Twitter post from May 12, “Let’s pass criminal justice reform to put an end to this unjust, ineffective, and… Keep Reading

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Kushner Emerges As Powerful Criminal Justice Reform Advocate In White House

There are a number of incongruent ideologies jockeying for influence within the Trump White House. Trump’s son in law, Jared Kushner has emerged as one of the most powerful early on. Despite receiving a great deal of flak from conservatives and libertarians for his supposedly progressive outlook, there may be an issue where his influence on the White House can be appreciated: criminal justice reform. According to a New York Times report, Kushner is pushing for criminal justice reform on issues such as ending mandatory minimums. However, he is faced with resistance from Attorney General Jeff Sessions, a long-time drug warrior who favors harsh sentencing. Kushner’s agenda is possibly being undermined by Trump staffers who question his credentials, the report claims. Keep Reading

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Cameras On Cops: Ferguson, MO Voters Overwhelmingly Approve Transparency Measure

Ferguson, Missouri was ground zero for the police violence that set a national movement into motion. Nearly three years after the town was set ablaze after 18-year-old Mike Brown was killed by a police officer, substantiative reforms have been approved by the voters in the hopes of preventing deadly tragedies from happening in the future. 71 percent of Ferguson residents voted in favor of putting body cameras on police while only 29 percent opposed on Tuesday. It appeared on the ballot as “Prop. A-Body Cameras” and received overwhelming support. Body cameras on police has been an often-discussed reform in Ferguson for years, but a city-wide policy was never put into effect. The successful ballot measure will make sure that policy changes. Keep Reading

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