Bipartisan Effort to Reduce the Federal Prison Population
Senators John Cornyn (R-TX) and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) announced they will seek reductions in the number of federal prisoners and the substantial associated costs of incarceration, while additionally seeking to build upon programs designed to ease recidivism. Their proposed legislation compliments other bills recently introduced in Congress intended to reduce the federal prison population via a lessening of mandatory minimum sentences. Reforms generally in this area within Congress have been building a consensus as to actions necessary and issues needing to be addressed. The current efforts by Senators Cornyn and Whitehouse focus on low-risk inmates being involved with recidivism reduction programming to offer earlier release, less imposing custody alternatives and a maximization of opportunities for pre-release transitioning within a Residential Re-Entry Center (RRC). Both sentencing and prison reforms along these lines are top priorities in the Congressional legislation.