House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte speaks at a news conference on the anticipated House passage of the USA Freedom Act on Capitol Hill in Washington

U.S. House panel to address criminal justice reform piece by piece

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte speaks at a news conference on the anticipated House passage of the USA Freedom Act on Capitol Hill in WashingtonBy Julia Edwards WASHINGTON (Reuters) – After nationwide protests against police and years of debate over sentencing guidelines, the U.S. House of Representatives’ top judicial lawmaker plans to consider criminal justice reforms piece by piece, rather than as a single, broad reform package. Republican Representative Bob Goodlatte announced on Wednesday that the House Judiciary Committee will hear ideas from members and then potentially weigh bills on topics such as easing long sentences for non-violent drug offenders, excessive criminal penalties and reforming some police practices.

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