Senators make deal on criminal justice reform
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Republican and Democratic negotiators in the Senate have made a long-awaited deal on criminal justice reform. 

An aide close to the negotiations told The Hill that the agreement, which includes reductions in mandatory sentencing, will be rolled out on Thursday.
Grassley's staff is remaining tight-lipped about the deal. Asked about the forthcoming agreement, a spokesperson for the Judiciary Committee chairman said that "we’re still working on something."
The Cornyn-Whitehouse bill includes provisions aimed at reducing recidivism by determining how likely it is that an offender will relapse into criminal behavior. 
In addition to roughly two-thirds of the Cornyn-Whitehouse bill, the criminal justice reform deal will include targeted sentencing reforms, the aide added.
President Obama has tried to keep the spotlight on criminal justice reform by making the first-ever presidential trip to a federal prison earlier this year. He has urged lawmakers to reduce mandatory minimum sentencing rules for nonviolent drug offenders. 
Word of the Senate proposal comes a week after leading criminal justice reform advocate Pope Francis, during a speech before Congress, called for abolishing the death penalty. 

“I am convinced that this way is the best, since every life is sacred, every human person is endowed with an inalienable dignity, and society can only benefit from the rehabilitation of those convicted of crimes,” the pope said.