Promoting Truth in Sentencing

Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act of 2015

Read NAAUSA's Statement on Federal Sentencing Policy (4.14 MB) .

NAAUSA, the Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association, the Law Enforcement Action Network and the National Narcotics Offices’ Associations’ Coalition has sent a letter to all members of the Senate opposing new revisions to the Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act, S. 2123. Read the letter here (339 KB) .

The Dangerous Myths of Drug Sentencing "Reform"

The fundamental point in the NAAUSA white paper titled "The Dangerous Myths of Drug Sentencing 'Reform'" (Myths) is that the federal criminal justice system, including the use of mandatory minimum penalties for drug traffickers and violent offenders, is not broken. In fact, the opposite is true; the drug penalty structure is working as designed. A lobbying organization, FAMM, has responded claiming the NAAUSA position is based on "unfounded and patently false claims." It is not.


Redundant bill is another wasteful and potentially dangerous policy that actively undermines law enforcement

(Washington, DC) – Today, the Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association (FLEOA) announced its strong opposition to H.R. 2944, the SAFE Justice Reinvestment Act, which aims to use the findings from the bipartisan Over-Criminalization Task Force to institute new and unnecessary reforms. Executive Director Steve Lenkart issued the following statement in response:

“This bill should really be called the UNSAFE Justice Act because it will leave the American public vulnerable to an increase in drug crimes and will usurp the hard work of federal agents, police, and prosecutors who work tirelessly to ensure that drug criminals are caught and held responsible for their careless disregard for human decency.

Not only is this legislation flawed at its very root, but it fails to account for existing laws that provide the same provisions. Under current statute, nonviolent drug offenders often negotiate a plea bargain for a lesser charge, and to avoid serving any minimum mandatory sentence. Furthermore, federal judges, of their own accord, may sidestep the sentence if the drug offender has a minor criminal history, did not engaged in violence, cooperates with federal authorities and is not considered a leader or ‘King-Pin.’ Nonviolent drug offenders have the opportunity to request a safety valve proffer or even pursue a cooperation letter from the U.S. Attorney’s Office. By lowering the mandatory sentence, this bill is eroding any incentive a drug offender or trafficker has to cooperate.

FLEOA’s members are on the front lines and witness the devastating effects that drugs have on our society. We see how drugs destroy families and tear at the fabric of our great nation. The SAFE Justice Act is an abhorrent bill and is another useless and needless piece of legislation.”

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Federal Prosecutors Blast Senate Bill to Cut Jail Time for Drug Felons

Click here to read article

NAAUSA President Steve Cook writes letter to Senator Charles Grassley

Click here (2.00 MB) to read letter.

Keep Drug Sentencing Laws to Keep Communities Safe

Click here for USA Today article

"A bipartisan failure in talking about prisons and the 'war on drugs'" - The Washington Post

 "The Myth of Mass Incarceration" - The Wall Street Journal

NAAUSA Response to NDAA Letter 

On April 26 the National District Attorneys Association transmitted a letter to members of the United States Senate endorsing the revised version of the Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act, S. 2123. We hold our state and local colleagues in high regard for their responsibility to pursue justice at the state level. However, we regret that the NDAA letter did not acknowledge the significant, adverse impact that S. 2123 will bear upon public safety nor acknowledge the significant rise in caseloads of state and local prosecutors that S. 2123 will cause, through the reduced incarceration and early release of thousands of offenders from federal prison.

Click here (2.50 MB) to read letter.

Senator Tom Cotton's Remarks on Crime and Justice in America

Click here to read the remarks on The Hudson Institute's website.

Congress Should Reassess Sentencing Overhaul

Opinion Piece, Roll Call, May 18, 2016 - Click here to read full article.

UNOA Letter to Senator Mike Lee

The Utah Narcotics Officers Association has written to Senator Mike Lee (UT) expressing their opposition to S, 2123, the Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act.

Click here (3.88 MB) to read the letter.

NY Times Opinion Piece

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