Remember back in 2010 when the Tea Party kept knocking the health care reform bill and repeating over and over that everyone needed to “read the bill.” Everything old is new again. We were starting to wonder what exactly certain members of Congress do all day to earn their pay.
Virginia Rep. Bob Goodlatte, who is not known for his prolific bill writing and legislative action, had offered a justice bill. It’s called the H.R. 3713, Sentencing Reform Act, but don’t let harmless bill titles fool you. Read it. Click here. The bill includes a new penalty for heroin and nothing that would indicate that it would reduce the number of people Republicans like Goodlatte voted to lock-up on minor drug charges back in the 1990s.
Goodlatte voted for Clinton’s Omnibus Crime Bill in 1994. It’s good to see members of Congress attempt to correct the policy mistakes that have wasted taxpayer money and made America first in the world in caging its people. We need to know more about Goodlatte’s legislation. We need to see that it actually saves money and lowers the prison population. It’s safe to say we have enough non-violent drug offenders in jail already. We haven’t seen evidence this bill changes the paradigm of that issue.