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Senate Committee Advances Criminal Justice Reform Bill

The Senate Judiciary Committee voted 16-5 Thursday to approve the Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act.
Posted at 11:51 AM, Feb 22, 2018

A bill looking to make changes to the criminal justice system has advanced in the Senate — despite opposition from Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

The Senate Judiciary Committee voted 16-5 Thursday to approve the Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act.

The legislation was unveiled last year by a group of bipartisan lawmakers led by Sens. Chuck Grassley and Dick Durbin. 

It aims to reduce prison sentences for nonviolent drug offenders and eliminate the "three strike" mandatory life in prison requirement, among other reforms.

But in a letter obtained by CNN this week, Sessions warned Grassley that the bill "would be a grave error" if it was passed in its current form.

It didn't take long for Grassley to shoot back. He later tweeted, "AGs execute laws CONGRESS WRITES THEM!"