The Paul-Leahy bill is not a compromise. It’s an expression of shared principles between the political right and left. Criminals should be punished, but the punishment should fit the crime. When justice will not be served through a mandatory minimum sentence, public safety shouldn’t be the victim, and taxpayers shouldn’t have to foot the bill. The Paul-Leahy pursuit of reform represents what is lacking in Washington: leaders setting aside partisan politics and allowing shared principles to inspire sound solutions.
Craig DeRoche is the president of Justice Fellowship and the former Republican speaker of the Michigan House of Representatives.
Former Sen. Scott Brown, R-Mass., candidate for U.S. Senate in New Hampshire, holds his hand over his heart during the singing of the national anthem as he waits to take the stage for his town hall campaign rally with Sen. John McCain at the Pinkerton Academy in Derry, N.H., on Monday, Aug. 18, 2014.