FIRST STEP Act Receives Strong Bipartisan Vote in House Judiciary Committee

Syrita Bowen News, Press

JAN Statement on Approval of The FIRST STEP Act to Reduce the Risk of Recidivism

WASHINGTON D.C. — Today, Justice Action Network Executive Director Holly Harris released the following statement on the mark-up of H.R. 5682, the FIRST STEP Act:

“Despite an unprecedented acidic political environment in Washington, the unique bipartisan cooperation on criminal justice reform legislation continues with the strong 25-5 favorable vote on the FIRST STEP Act in the House Judiciary Committee. The bill, sponsored by Republican Doug Collins and Democrat Hakeem Jeffries, includes recidivism-reduction programming, expands good time credits to be applied retroactively and ends the abhorrent practice of shackling pregnant women.

“While we are very happy with this progress, our work is not done. We were pleased to hear most every voice raised on the committee today agree that there continues to be a need for additional reform efforts, such as sentencing reforms and further expansion of elderly and compassionate release. We look forward to supporting the advocacy efforts of conservative and progressive groups as we push to broaden and better this first step legislation.”

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