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AFP-WI Thanks Speaker Ryan, Sensenbrenner for Leadership on Criminal Justice Reform

Dec 20, 2018 by AFP

Group touts representatives’ efforts as FIRST STEP Act Sent to Trump’s Desk

MADISON, Wis. – Americans for Prosperity-Wisconsin (AFP-WI) celebrated the passage of the FIRST STEP Act, criminal justice reform legislation that will enhance public safety, provide a second chance to hundreds of thousands of people who’ve paid their debt to society, and save taxpayer dollars. The group also announced a media campaign featuring direct mail and digital ads touting Speaker Ryan and Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner’s critical leadership on the issue.

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AFP-WI State Director Eric Bott issued the following statement:

“This reform is a crucial first step toward breaking the cycle of incarceration, bringing families together, and creating safer communities in Wisconsin and across the country. The FIRST STEP Act is also proof that we can make meaningful progress on key issues, break down barriers to opportunity, and help people improve their lives when lawmakers have the courage to put policy ahead of politics.

“Wisconsin should be a place where people who want second chances get them. Speaker Ryan has been a leader on several bold reforms, but his parting gifts to Wisconsinites this holiday season – increased safety and redemption – is notably welcome. We thank Speaker Ryan for his service as a representative for Wisconsin and we thank Rep. Sensenbrenner for his work on criminal justice reform.”

BACKGROUND:

  • The FIRST STEP Act requires the Bureau of Prisons (BOP) to place inmates no more than 500 driving miles from home, helping spouses, parents, and children more practically visit their family members behind bars and making it easier for inmates to reintegrate into society upon release.
  • Fixes a mistake in federal law to ensure that all well-behaved prisoners not serving life sentences can accrue 54 days of “good time credit” off their sentences per year, instead of the 47 per year that 178,000 inmates currently receive.
  • Directs the BOP to let low-risk low-needs inmates serve home confinement for up to 6 months of the end of their sentences.
  • Retroactively applies the Fair Sentencing Act of 2010, which reduced the crack-cocaine sentencing disparity from 100:1 to 18:1, to current inmates sentenced before 2010.
  • Expands eligibility for the federal “safety valve” (18 U.S.C. § 3553(f)) to keep more low-level drug offenders from incurring mandatory minimums meant for high-level drug traffickers, creating more proportional punishments.

 

For further information or an interview, reach Lorenz Isidro at LIsidro@afphq.org or (703) 887-7724. 

Americans for Prosperity (AFP) exists to recruit, educate, and mobilize citizens in support of the policies and goals of a free society at the local, state, and federal level, helping every American live their dream – especially the least fortunate. AFP has more than 3.2 million activists across the nation, a local infrastructure that includes 36 state chapters, and has received financial support from more than 100,000 Americans in all 50 states. For more information, visit www.AmericansForProsperity.org

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