Criminal justice reform likely to see vote after midterms

Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) participated in two meetings to discuss what elements would be included in a possible criminal justice reform bill that would be taken up by the Senate after the midterm elections.

Sen. Lee released the following statement on the possible bill after the meetings:

“Today’s meeting was a huge step forward in getting a bill passed that will help keep communities safe and make our criminal justice system more fair,” Lee said. “The bill we agreed to would include the prison reforms from the House’s First Step Act with some technical changes, plus four sentencing reforms that would give judges more flexibility on mandatory minimums for nonviolent offenders. I hope to see this bill passed by the end of the year, and expect large bipartisan support as we strive to make our penal system work better for all Americans.”

The first meeting was attended by Senior Presidential Advisor Jared Kushner, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-IA), Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) and Sen. Lee. The second meeting was with Chairman Grassley, Mr. Kushner, Sen. Lee, and included President Donald Trump on the phone to discuss the elements of a possible compromise bill.