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Critical Senate Subcommittee Votes Across Party Lines to Fully Fund the First Step Act

Republicans and Democrats Unite on Funding Critical Criminal Justice Reform Bill – White House Backs Deal That Pays for Bipartisan Legislative Accomplishment That Affirms a New Day for Second Chances

WASHINGTON – Today, Inimai Chettiar, Legislative and Policy Director of the Justice Action Network, the country’s largest advocacy organization supporting bipartisan solutions for criminal justice reform, issued the following statement as full funding of the implementation of the First Step Act passed a crucial Senate subcommittee on a bipartisan basis:

“After months of behind-the-scenes negotiation, we are relieved to see the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies vote across party lines to fully fund the First Step Act. The committee appropriated $75 million, just as Republicans and Democrats from both chambers intended when the groundbreaking prison and sentencing reform bill was signed into law last year.”

Chettiar continued: “It took courage from both parties and leadership from President Trump to ensure that the most important criminal justice reform legislation in a generation wasn’t just a well-intentioned idea on paper, but a fully funded, comprehensive effort that will transform the lives of tens of thousands of Americans.

But the First Step Act was just that – a first step. We look forward to continuing our work with Congress and the White House to expand second chances, make our justice system fairer and our country safer.”