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Grassroots group applauds passage of monumental criminal justice reform bill
BURNSVILLE, MN – Today, Americans for Prosperity-Minnesota (AFP-MN) celebrated the passage of the FIRST STEP Act, a package of critical criminal justice reforms. AFP-MN also praised Senators Amy Klobuchar and Tina Smith for supporting the monumental bill. Americans for Prosperity has been at the forefront of supporting the FIRST STEP Act. Earlier this year, the grassroots group issued a Key Vote Alert calling on Representatives to vote ‘YES’ on the legislation.
The FIRST STEP Act makes critical reforms to our federal sentencing laws and improves our federal prisons by focusing on rehabilitating incarcerated people, giving them the tools needed to successfully reenter society upon release from prison.
AFP-Minnesota State Director Jason Flohrs issued the following statement:
“For too long, our criminal justice policies have trapped Americans in a cycle of incarceration and made it too difficult for folks to earn a real second chance. We thank Senators Klobuchar and Smith for taking this tremendous opportunity to work across the aisle and help Americans become productive members of our communities after paying their debt to society. By focusing on smarter sentences and in-prison rehabilitation programs, this bill improves public safety, helps more Americans transform their lives for the better, and allows judges to issue more proportional punishments.
“The First Step Act shows we can start to make the necessary progress towards eliminating barriers and helping people improve their lives when senators choose good policy over partisanship. We urge the House to quickly act on this bipartisan bill and send it to the White House for the president’s signature.”