Horowitz: Not so fast on 'reform' plans

Monday, October 15, 2018
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Chris Woodward (OneNewsNow.com)

handcuffs in court (juvenile)Republican leaders on Capitol Hill plan to tackle criminal justice reform in coming weeks but a critic of the plan says it's an effort to free drug traffickers.

Speaking to reporters last week, Senate Major Leader Mitch McConnell said criminal justice reform has been discussed a lot on Capitol Hill.

"What we'll do after the election is take a whip count and if there are more than 60 senators who want to go forward on that bill, we'll find time to address it," McConnell said in remarks published by The Hill.

One of the frequent statements in favor of criminal justice, or prison reform, is that the U.S. is spending too much money on law enforcement and federal prisons.

Supporters also say "non-violent offenders," many of them currently in prison for drug convictions, could put back into the society where they can get jobs and contribute.

Meanwhile, government would have more resources to go after "the real bad guys."

Yet not everyone is on board with push. More than 30 conservatives have signed a letter opposing what they call the "Blue Lives Don't Matter" bill.

One of the signers is Daniel Horowitz, senior editor of Conservative Review and a frequent critic of moderate Republicans on Capitol Hill.

"The problem is there is nothing reform-minded about it," Horowitz tells OneNewsNow.com. "This bill is an early release bill, one that takes thousands of violent top-level drug traffickers, because that is who is sitting in federal prison, releases them, and cuts the penalty for drug trafficking essentially in half at the back-end."

The prison population is going down, he contends, and crime is going up in many parts of the country.

"It is the wrong approach," he stresses. "It is opposed by almost major law enforcement agency. The problem is, the members of Congress are only hearing input from political groups and C-level Hollywood hacks rather than from victims of crime and from law enforcement."

Other signers of the letter include Star Parker, Center for Urban Renewal & Education; Rick Manning, Americans for Limited Government; and Sandy Rios, director of governmental affairs and radio talk show host at American Family Association.

OneNewsNow has sought comment from Senator McConnell's office.


Editor's Note: American Family Association is the parent organization of the American Family News Network, which operates OneNewsNow.com.

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