Politico has a story up today about the efforts by Senator Tom Cotton of Arkansas to kill the sentencing reform bill now pending in the Senate. His opposition is particularly notable because this is one of the few pieces of major legislation on the Hill for which there is strong bipartisan support. The text of S. 2123 is here.
I have previously expressed some skepticism about the scope of this legislation, though I also think there are some useful reforms in it. My hope is that, this episode notwithstanding, we will get some kind of federal criminal justice reform out of this Congress (though I prefer that it be on the crime-definition end, rather than the sentencing end, consistent with the idea that sentencing reform and criminal law reform are not the same thing here).