WASHINGTON D.C. — President Donald Trump signed the Criminal Justice Reform Bill (First Step Act), into law today at the Oval Office.
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.
Congress just passed the Criminal Justice Reform Bill known as the #FirstStepAct. Congratulations! This is a great bi-partisan achievement for everybody. When both parties work together we can keep our Country safer. A wonderful thing for the U.S.A.!!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) 20 december 2018
The United States Senate passed a sweeping criminal justice bill Tuesday by a vote of 87-12.