- The Washington Times - Thursday, July 16, 2015

House Speaker John A. Boehner said he would grant floor time to a criminal justice reform bill, lending a major boost to the growing bipartisan movement to divert nonviolent drug dealers out of federal prisons.

The Ohio Republican said many prisoners are incarcerated for “flimsy reasons” and said he generally supports a key bill introduced by Rep. F. James Sensenbrenner Jr., a top Republican, and Rep. Robert C. Scott, a senior Democrat.

“We’ve got a lot of people in prison that frankly in my view really don’t need to be there,” he said.

His support joins with that of President Obama, who has been speaking this week on the need to reduce the prison population, and who has used his pardon powers to commute the sentences of dozens of convicts who’d been in prison for years, chiefly on drug trafficking charges.

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