"I think a great demonstration of the old rules not applying anymore is look at the co-sponsors of The Smarter Sentencing Act," says Matt Kibbe, president of the libertarian activist group FreedomWorks."It’s guys like Ted Cruz, Mike Lee, and of course Rand Paul and Jeff Flake, also with Patrick Leahy and Sheldon Whitehouse…. They all agree there is an over-criminalization of American life and they all agree the government has overstepped its bounds."
The Smarter Sentencing Act will reform federal mandatory minimum sentences for non-violent drug offenders and give judges more discretion in sentencing. It’s part of a wide-ranging push to reduce America’s prison population and address the militarization of police and other issues. As Kibbe explains to Reason’s Nick Gillespie, criminal justice reform is a place where true bipartisanship is not just happening but is a good thing.