MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - Vermont Sen. Patrick Leahy is holding a hearing of the Senate Judiciary Committee which he chairs to highlight the problem of overcrowding in federal prisons.
The hearing is planned for Thursday in Washington to discuss what Leahy calls the federal prison population's unsustainable growth.
Leahy has joined with Republican Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky in sponsoring legislation to give federal judges more flexibility in sentencing and to move away from mandatory minimum sentences in many cases.
That and two other similar bills are on the agenda for discussion at the hearing.
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