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U.S. Senate

Senate leaders unveil prison reform measure but prospects are slim

A bipartisan group of Senate leaders on Thursday announced a joint effort to ease unduly long prison sentences and enact other criminal-justice reforms, but chances that Congress will actually act on the issues are slim, given that lawmakers in the House are developing separate proposals. The Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act of 2015, introduced by Sen. Charles Grassley (R-Iowa) and Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), top leaders on the Senate Judiciary Committee, calls for shorter prison terms for drug felons and eliminates the so-called “three strikes” rule mandating life sentences. It also seeks to end mass long-term incarceration of prisoners that has led to severe prison...