Jun 08, 2018

Senate Should Take FIRST STEP Towards Reforming U.S. Prisons

Post by Freedom Partners

Roughly 95 percent of all incarcerated individuals will eventually 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. Fortunately, Washington lawmakers have a chance to fight this recidivism crisis.

The FIRST STEP Act, bipartisan legislation 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, has already passed the U.S. House of Representatives overwhelmingly. Now is the Senate’s turn to support reforming our nation’s prisons, improving public safety, and extending second chances to those who have served their time.

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. States that have implemented these programs have experienced a drop in crime and incarceration, a lower likelihood of recidivism, and have saved billions in taxpayer dollars.

We strongly encourage members of the Senate to make a floor vote possible without delay. 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.

Tell Your Senator To Support Prison Reform

Send a message to your Senator urging them to support safer communities and second chances by advancing the FIRST STEP Act.

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