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Atlanta, GA – Today, Americans for Prosperity- Georgia (AFP-GA) commended President Trump for endorsing H.R. 5682, the FIRST STEP Act, co-authored in the U.S. House by Rep. Doug Collins (R-GA). The FIRST STEP ACT which passed the House of Representatives earlier this year 360-59, makes critical reforms to the federal criminal justice system by focusing on rehabilitating federally incarcerated people and giving them the tools needed to successfully reenter society upon release from prison. The version now being considered by the U.S. Senate also includes four federal sentencing reforms to ensure fairer and more proportionate punishments. The FIRST STEP ACT has yet to be scheduled in the Senate for a floor vote.
AFP-GA state director Michael Harden issued the following statement:
“Americans for Prosperity-Georgia commends President Trump on his endorsement of the FIRST STEP Act which will reduce crime and recidivism, make our communities safer, and correct some of our most outdated and ineffective federal sentencing laws. This bipartisan legislation, authored by Congressman Doug Collins, goes a long way toward fixing our broken criminal justice system, and the compassionate reforms made within the FIRST STEP ACT are simply commonsense. We shouldn’t shackle female inmates while they’re in labor, we shouldn’t lock up first-time, non-violent offenders for life, and we should encourage prisoners to complete evidence-based reentry programs. As a leader in the criminal justice reform movement, Georgia has shown that a smart-on-crime, soft-on-taxpayers approach makes us all safer and helps improve people who deserve a second chance. We urge Senator McConnell to bring the FIRST STEP ACT to the floor as soon as possible.”
THE FIRST STEP ACT: