L.A. Times A1, cols. 1, "Political attitudes shift on prison terms: Parties switch sides as the Senate takes up sentencing changes," by Timothy M. Phelps: "[A]s the U.S. Senate prepares to take up the most far-reaching changes in years to federal sentencing and parole guidelines, … [a] surprising number of high-profile Republicans are working arm in arm with Democrats on legislation to shorten jail terms and hasten prisoner releases. At the same time, in their own reversal of sorts, key Democrats are arguing against the legislation in its current form. …

"[D]eficit hawks in the Republican Party began to rethink the issue. … At the same time, evangelical Christians, partly led by the prison ministries set up by Watergate felon Chuck Colson, are helping to make the once-discredited goal of prisoner rehabilitation popular with the religious right. … Facing a Republican campaign to seize control of the Senate this fall, Democrats are concerned about appearing soft on crime." goo.gl/5BRFYk

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