By focusing on violent and career criminals, the reforms in this bill would limit the size and cost of the federal prison system — without undermining public safety. Overcriminalization is rampant across the country, alternatives to lengthy sentences are a concrete way to reduce prison populations.
Reforming the federal prison system by following states is shortsighted — plenty of states haven’t enacted any prison reforms of their own. Not to mention this bill's disregard for criminal behavior. Drug offenders and other "low level" offenders have still committed crimes and need to be punished.