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our bipartisan group of senators unveiling a plan Thursday reducing mandatory prison sentences for nonviolent offenders one of the most sweeping reform proposals and decades democratic senator Dick Durbin of Illinois we are tackling the issue of criminal justice , to make America safer , we believe that there are people who are incarcerated today , for lengthy sentences at great expense , frankly should not be in those prisons , Senate Democrats Patrick Leahy and Cory Booker and Republicans Mike Leigh and Lindsey Graham had backed rebel but the most important Dortmund extreme Judiciary Committee chair Chuck Grassley well in the past a staunch critic agreed you think prison time or bringing real reform , they give low risk inmates , you can't return to society earlier , since the dawn of the tough on crime era in the nineteen seventies the number of Americans in prison had grown to more than two million I disproportionate number of them black and Hispanic the new bell would do away with it ten year mandatory minimums for nonviolent drug offenders giving judges more discretion and ending solitary confinement for juveniles it would also eliminate mandatory life sentences for three time nonviolent offenders to build now goes to the Judiciary Committee and a possible vote in late October dulled leadership changes could slow it path in the house , made a mistake and they'll likely have to support president Obama's who had made criminal justice reform I top second term priority