May 24, 2018

House Takes Important FIRST STEP Towards Reforming Our Nation’s Prisons

Post by Freedom Partners

In support of reforming our nation’s prisons, improving public safety, and extending second chances to those who have served their time, the U.S. House of Representatives voted to advance The FIRST STEP Act.

Roughly 95 percent of all incarcerated individuals will one day be released from prison and will return to our communities. Sadly, statistics show that about 75 percent of them will reoffend within five years of their release. This bipartisan legislation is aimed at ending the revolving door of recidivism by rehabilitating inmates and equipping them with the tools and training they need to successfully reintegrate into our communities once they are set free.

By using evidence-based risk and needs assessment tools, the bill will provide job training, treatment, education and other programming that will help incarcerated individuals return as productive and law-abiding members of society. This approach has already been demonstrated to work in a handful of states that have enacted similar reforms. These states have experienced a drop in crime and incarceration, a lower likelihood of recidivism and have saved billions in taxpayer dollars.

We applaud and thank all the members of the House who voted to advance this bill, including the bill’s co-sponsors, Rep. Doug Collins and Rep. Hakeem Jeffries, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte, members of the committee who voted to advance the bill, and House leadership who made the floor vote possible.

Now, it’s up to the Senate to act as President Trump has already announced he is ready to sign the bill when it reaches his desk. Senators should seize this opportunity to unite and pass bipartisan legislation that will make our neighborhoods safer and help hundreds of thousands of Americans rebuild their lives and reunite with their families.

Thank Your Lawmaker for Supporting Prison Reform

Send a message to your lawmaker to thank them for supporting safer communities and second chances by advancing the FIRST STEP Act.

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