Chaffetz seeks way to reduce federal prison sentences

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  • Ernest T. Bass Bountiful, UT
    June 6, 2013 9:39 a.m.

    Mr. Chaffetz, I'm worried about Benghazi. Will you please investigate it for us?

  • SAS Sandy, UT
    June 5, 2013 7:36 p.m.

    And if a democratic lawmaker were to propose this, how long would it take before he or she were branded "soft on crime?"

  • There You Go Again Saint George, UT
    June 5, 2013 2:50 p.m.

    "...The details of exactly how Chaffetz' plan would be implemented are of overriding importance, of course, and little is known right now about those...".

    Details...little is known....

    Republicans excoriate President Obama for leaving out the details.

    Republican Congressman Chaffetz gets a pass.

  • Happy Valley Heretic Orem, UT
    June 5, 2013 10:32 a.m.

    A lot of the white collar criminals and friends of politicains in federal prison who are probably not much of a risk to the general population, but when some one ruins or steals millions because of their position, they really need to stay a while.

    That said I agree with the above posters on the drug sentencing.
    Ever wonder why there are so many hit and runs?
    Because DUI charges exceed hit and run charges makes it a no brainer for the criminal to go home sober up and wait and see if they get caught.

  • one vote Salt Lake City, UT
    June 5, 2013 10:14 a.m.

    Get rid of harsh congressional mandatory war on drug sentences that take sentencing from judges and then stay out of criminal justice system.

  • rvalens2 Burley, ID
    June 5, 2013 10:07 a.m.

    Consider this:

    The United States has 5% of the World's population; yet, 25% of the people in jails and prison in the entire World are being held behind bars in the U.S.A.

    Welcome to Gulag America.

  • cjb Bountiful, UT
    June 5, 2013 1:05 a.m.

    regarding the man who was sentenced to 55 years for carrying a gun and dealing a small amount of marijuana and the judge in that case and he didn't have a choice he is wrong what he was lacking is imagination and courage. the Constitution forbids cruel and unusual punishments. the judge could have relied on this to avoid that particular sentence.

    there is something wrong with us for let such a sentence stand also we can't afford it.