Obama makes push for sentencing reform while awarding police medals

From The Hill. By Jordan Fabian.

President Obama on Monday urged Congress to pass an overhaul of the criminal justice system as he honored law enforcement officers who risked their lives in the line of duty.

“We’re going to keep pushing Congress to move forward in a bipartisan way to make our criminal justice system fairer and smarter and more cost-effective and enhance public safety,” he said at the White House…

The president is seeking to boost law enforcement support for legislation that would reduce minimum sentences for many nonviolent drug offenders.

Rolling back the sentences has received bipartisan support in Congress, but some Republican lawmakers and law enforcement groups worry it could keep many dangerous criminals on the street.

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