Durbin: Smarter not Harsher Penalties for Drug Crimes

Josh Schwartzkopf

SAINT LOUIS (KMOX)- Illinois Senator, Dick Durbin, is calling for smarter not harsher penalties for drug crimes.

Durbin says current law calls for mandatory minimum sentences for non-violent drug offenders. He also says those policies have only succeeded in making federal prisons more crowded.

“It would reduce but not eliminate, prospectively, certain mandatory minimum sentences for non-violent drug offenses only,” says Durbin. “It would not weaken any penalties for gun, gang crime or violent offenses.”

The bill passed the Senate Judiciary Committee last month and Durbin hopes it will come up shortly for a vote on the floor.

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