Senator Cory Booker Proposes “Second Look” Legislation to Reform Prison Sentencing

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2020 Democratic Party presidential hopeful Senator Cory Booker (Perry McLeod, Shutterstock.com).

Senator Cory Booker (D-N.J.) has introduced a bill that would allow incarcerated individuals who have served at least 10 years of their sentence in a federal prison to get a “second look” at their sentence before a judge who will determine if they are eligible for a reduction or to be released. 

Booker and US Representative Karen Bass (D-Calif.) introduced the Matthew Charles and William Underwood Second Look Act in the Senate on July 17, according to a press release. 

The proposed legislation would ask the government to prove why an older incarcerated individual should remain in prison.

There are 250,000 people who are aged 50 and older currently behind bars. Booker states that recidivism rates are significantly lower for those who are past the age of 50. 

“While the First Step Act was a momentous achievement, more work…

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