WASHINGTON D.C. — The United States Senate passed a sweeping criminal justice bill Tuesday by a vote of 87-12, culminating years of negotiations. The policy which is sent to the Oval Office, awaits the signature of President Donald Trump.
The House is expected to pass the bill this week.
After yrs of bipartisan work w Sens Durbin & Lee The First Step Act passed the Senate 2night w a big bipartisan victory 87-12 vote Historic criminal justice reform happens once in a generation Now on its way 2 House & Pres Trump waiting w a pen to sign
— ChuckGrassley (@ChuckGrassley) 19 december 2018
America is the greatest Country in the world and my job is to fight for ALL citizens, even those who have made mistakes. Congratulations to the Senate on the bi-partisan passing of a historic Criminal Justice Reform Bill….
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) 19 december 2018
The First Step Act would expand job training and other programming aimed at reducing recidivism rates among federal prisoners. It also expands early-release programs and modifies sentencing laws, including mandatory minimum sentences for nonviolent drug offenders, to more equitably punish drug offenders.
Hip-hop artist Meek Mill, who has been an advocate for Criminal Justice reform, shared his excitement over the news in hopes to help many people return home after being jailed for prior offenses that fall under the Bill.
— Meek Mill (@MeekMill) 19 december 2018
Criminal Justice Reform Bill was backed by the Fraternal Order of Police and the International Association of Chiefs of Police but opposed by the National Sheriff’s Association.
The union representing federal prison guards also joined in supporting the measure.
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