CJ Ciaramella and Evan McMorris-Santoro: House Speaker John Boehner said Thursday he supports a bipartisan bill currently making its way through the House that would, among other things, lower mandatory minimum sentences for non-violent drug offenders.
The move surprised many long-time reform advocates and provides a sudden path forward for the legislation. Responding to a question at a press conference, Boehner said he’d ‘absolutely’ like to see the Safe, Accountable, Fair, and Effective (SAFE) Justice Act, a bipartisan bill introduced by Reps. Jim Sensenbrenner and Bobby Scott, make it to the House floor for a vote. … Van Jones, a co-founder of the bipartisan criminal justice advocacy group #Cut50, said he wasn’t aware of anyone in the movement getting a heads up about Boehner’s support for the bill. ‘John Boehner just said he’s going to support criminal justice reform with a vote in the House, which was unthinkable, unthinkable, six months ago. That is unbelievable,’ Jones said in a phone interview with BuzzFeed News.” [Buzzfeed]
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