Senators reach deal to reduce prison time for some offenders

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, right, shakes hands with the committee's ranking member Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Oct. 1, 2015, where a bipartisan group of Senators spoke about criminal justice reform. The group unveiled legislation that would overhaul the nation’s criminal justice system, allowing some non-violent drug offenders to get reduced prison sentences and giving judges greater discretion in sentencing.. Senate Minority Whip Richard Durbin of Ill. is at left. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate conservatives and liberals on Thursday united behind an overhaul of the criminal justice system, a rare bipartisan agreement that would allow some nonviolent drug offenders to get reduced prison sentences and give judges greater discretion in sentencing.

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