November 29, 2018

Newt Gingrich, Pat Nolan: First Step Act needed this year to replace ‘Terrible Status Quo’

In a FOX News op-ed, former Republican Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich and American Conservative Union’s Pat Nolan President underscore the societal, economic and rehabilitation shortcomings of the current criminal justice system. The First Step Act addresses many of these challenges.  With support from President Trump, key law enforcement organizations and a wide range of conservative and liberal lawmakers and organizations, the Senate should pass the First Step Act this year.
America’s criminal justice system is badly broken, and the next few weeks will determine the fate of efforts to fix it. … But unless the U.S. Senate passes the First Step Act before the end of the year, the terrible status quo in our federal criminal justice system will continue.
More than 95 percent of those we imprison will be released at the end of their sentences. What kind of neighbors will they be? The First Step Act would focus offenders’ time in prison on preparing them for their release.
Our prisons should send inmates home who are better than when they entered, so that they can support their families, pay taxes and stay out of trouble. The result will be fewer victims and safer neighborhoods.
If the Senate doesn’t pass the First Step Act now and send it to President Trump to be signed into law, it may be years before we have as much support for fixing our badly broken system.
Read the full op-ed HERE.
More on the First Step Act:
·       Bill text
·       Fact sheet