House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (left) and ranking member Rep. John Conyers said their proposal comes after months of negotiations "to ensure our federal criminal laws and regulations appropriately punish wrongdoers ... and do not waste taxpayer dollars." J. Scott Applewhite/AP hide caption

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A cell at El Reno Federal Correctional Institution in Oklahoma, which President Obama visited in July. The Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act would apply only to federal crimes and federal prisons, which house a shade over 200,000 inmates — a tiny fraction of the population detained in jails and state facilities. Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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FBI Director James Comey gave unusually passionate remarks about violent crime Thursday, saying "a whole lot of people are dying, and ... they are overwhelmingly young men of color. And we gotta care about that." Mark Wilson/Getty Images hide caption

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Hillary Clinton speaks at an event in New Hampshire earlier this month. The presidential candidate continues to face questions over her emails as secretary of state. Darren McCollester/Getty Images hide caption

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Blue pills fall into the disposal receptacle for expired prescription drugs at a Pennsylvania police station as part of National Prescription Drug Take Back Day in 2012. Keith Srakocic/AP hide caption

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Amnesty lawyers said they didn't know why the Justice Department had issued several apparently conflicting accounts of its handling of the Senate report, but in their complaint they cited the possibility that authorities were "engaging in a cynical and hyper-technical effort to circumvent open records law." Susan Walsh/AP hide caption

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"The court struggles to understand how the government could condone the release of defendants Butler and Jones, each convicted of high-level, sophisticated and violent drug trafficking offense," Judge Royce C. Lamberth wrote. Charles Dharapak/AP hide caption

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