On Thursday, a Senate committee passed to the full Senate a well-intentioned bill with some horrible provisions. In the worthy cause of “criminal sentencing reform,” aimed at finding alternatives to lengthy incarceration for those who are convicted of non-heinous crimes but who might conceivably be rehabilitated, Congress — as is its wont — has gone overboard. Among other errors, the bill eliminates one of the major provisions providing life sentences, without parole, for three-time offenders.

Please read here as I tell a brief first-person story in the course of arguing against this misguided provision.