The bipartisan prison reform legislation heads to the Senate with new sentencing provisions.
WASHINGTON, DC—Prison Fellowship®, the nation's largest outreach to prisoners, former prisoners, and their families, and a leading advocate for criminal justice reform, released the following statement after issuing a letter signed by dozens of state legislators in support of the FIRST STEP Act—prison reform legislation that models many successful state reforms. The legislation passed overwhelmingly in the U.S. House of Representatives in May and now awaits a vote in the Senate with new sentencing provisions.
The bipartisan prison reform legislation would improve programming in federal prisons that will better prepare men and women to become productive citizens through individualized risk assessments by expanding recidivism-reducing programs for all federal prisoners. The sentencing reforms added to the legislation would make minor adjustments to correct disproportional sentencing enhancements and increase judicial discretion in certain federal drug offense cases.