Tag: First Step Act

Trump Invites Bullied Student, Synagogue Shooting Survivors to State of the Union

President Donald Trump will welcome over a dozen Americans to join him at the State of the Union address on Tuesday to highlight his priorities for the country. The President and first lady’s guest list features family members of an elderly couple killed by illegal immigrants and the father of a seaman killed in the U.S.S. […]

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He Was Sentenced to Life for Selling Crack. Now Congress Wants to Reconsider.

Edward Douglas is serving a life sentence for selling crack cocaine. He cannot go to church with his mother, a pastor in Chicago. He cannot take his grandchildren to the park. He dreams of working as a mechanic again. It’s a possibility that seems increasingly likely. Under bipartisan criminal justice […]

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CBO: Prison Reform Bill to Release 53K Inmates, Cost U.S. Taxpayers $346M

The First Step Act, if signed into law by President Trump, would reduce the federal prison population by 53,000 inmates, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) finds. In a new report on Monday, the CBO revealed that the prison reform bill — supported by a coalition of Republicans and Democrats as well Trump — will “reduce the […]

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Murdoch’s Fox News Endorses Prison Reform Legislation

The Murdoch’s 21st Century Fox, the media conglomerate which includes Fox News, has endorsed wide-sweeping prison reform legislation. In a statement on Thursday, FOX announced their support for the First Step Act, which has been championed by White House adviser Jared Kushner: FOX supports the bipartisan First Step Act to limit mandatory minimum sentences, prevent recidivism […]

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Senate Republicans Line Up Against Criminal Justice Reform Bill

The vast majority of Senate Republicans do not support the so-called FIRST STEP Act, a White House-backed criminal justice reform bill, Breitbart News has learned. An administration official told Breitbart News that Senate GOP leadership has completed a whip count of the legislation, and that only 16 Republican senators voiced support for the bill–14 of […]

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Exclusive — GOP Senate Document Lists 20 Violent Crimes Eligible for Early Release Under Criminal Justice Reform Bill

A Republican U.S. Senate document circulating among GOP offices opposed to the so-called FIRST STEP Act, a criminal justice reform bill making its way through Capitol Hill, lists 20 violent crimes that would be eligible for early release under the legislation. It remains to be seen if these matters will be addressed in the final […]

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Watch – Rand Paul to Breitbart News: ‘We’re Wasting Prison Space on Non-Violent Drug Offenders’

Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) told Breitbart News that “many prisons have been overcrowded” with “non-violent drug offenders” in a Wednesday interview addressing criminal justice reform in Washington, D.C. with Breitbart News Deputy Political Editor Amanda House. House asked, “I want to start off with a question that I think is going on in the heads of […]

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After Suggesting 2018 Election About ‘Law and Order,’ Trump Touts Weaker Penalties for Drug Traffickers

In the 2016 presidential election, “Law and order” became a hallmark of President Trump’s campaign, wherein he would routinely blast weak-on-crime politicians. On Wednesday, Trump reversed course on his “Law and order” platform, announcing that he would support the First Step Act, which is set to reduce sentences for drug traffickers and immediately release 4,000 convicted […]

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Billionaire Koch Brothers Agenda Prioritized with Prison Reform While Trump’s Immigration Plans Stall

The GOP megadonor billionaire Koch brothers are set to seal another policy victory with President Trump’s announcement that he will sign a prison reform bill that is opposed by his base of supporters, conservatives, and law enforcement officials. Since the beginning of the year, the Koch brothers — avid opponents of Trump’s “America First” agenda […]

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