White House clears hurdle on criminal justice reform

President Trump speaks at Police Chiefs Convention. Photo: Paul Hennessy/NurPhoto via Getty Images

Legislation designed to reduce federal prison sentences for some non-violent crimes and to help prisoners prepare for freedom is inching its way toward the Senate floor. And it just got a big boost from an unlikely ally: rank-and-file police.

What's happening: The Fraternal Order of Police — the largest law enforcement labor organization in the U.S. — announced Friday its support of a bipartisan Senate criminal justice reform bill, which would lower certain mandatory sentences, incentivize prison rehabilitation programs, provide sanitary products to women and potentially release around 4,000 people.

Boston mob boss "Whitey" Bulger killed in prison

Whitey Bulger
Bulger's 2011 mugshot. Photo: Bureau of Prisons/Getty Images

James "Whitey" Bulger, a notorious Boston Irish mob boss, was killed at age 89 at the United States Penitentiary-Hazelton in West Virginia on Tuesday, per the Boston Globe.

The big picture: Bulger was captured in Santa Monica, Calif. in 2011 by federal authorities after being on the run for 16 years. The Globe reports that Bulger, who was serving a life sentence after being convicted in 2013 for his participation in 11 murders, was killed by another mafia-affiliated inmate shortly after being transferred to the West Virginia prison. Bulger's killing is being investigated as a homicide, the Associated Press reports.

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