Louisiana’s U.S. Senators take opposite sides in bipartisan rewrite of federal prison laws

A battle’s brewing in the U.S. Senate over a bipartisan package of criminal justice reforms, and Louisiana’s senators have wound up on opposite sides of the issue.

Sen. Bill Cassidy earlier this week signed on to the First Step Act, which would ease mandatory minimum prison terms and give federal judges more discretion at sentencing. The bill, endorsed by President Donald Trump, would be the first major rewrite of federal sentencing laws in decades.

But Cassidy’s fellow Republican, Sen. John Kennedy, has ripped into the law, characterizing it as soft on crime — and he’s been attacking Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards, a Democrat and frequent Kennedy foil, in the process…


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