Durbin Glad Trump Supports Drug-Sentencing Revamp

Craig Dellimore
November 16, 2018 - 9:40 pm

Jack Gruber-USA TODAY

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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) – U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin said he’s hopeful for quick passage of bipartisan legislation to reform federal sentencing laws for drug crimes.

Durbin said Friday it’s a welcome surprise that President Trump announced support for this comprehensive package that reduces penalties for some low-level, non-violent drug crimes and grants judge more discretion in sentencing them.

Durbin said the bipartisan legislation also would give low-risk inmates more help in re-entering society.

Durbin notes the president’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, has been very active in building support. Kushner's father served time in federal prison.

So, what could go wrong? Durbin says Congress could run out of time. If the bill isn't passed within three weeks, they'll have to start all over again, next year.