SL Trib Interviews Cassell on Chaffetz Prison Reform Proposal

On May 31, Paul Cassell, Professor of Law at the University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law, was quoted in a Salt Lake Tribune article about a post-sentencing reform bill proposed by Rep. Jason Chaffetz that is designed to reduce recidivism, lower crime and cut spending on federal prisons.

Cassell, a former federal judge, described the bill as “very meaningful. Even if it tweaks the numbers by a few percentage points, that could add up to big bucks.”

Noting that the key to the program was to be sure violent offenders and those most likely to commit additional offenses were not released, Cassell added that, “It’s going to be the Goldilocks problem here: Can we get it not too hot and not too cold? Can we find the people with a low risk of recidivism and release them?”

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