November 30, 2018

Sheriffs from Across Country Endorse First Step Act

WASHINGTON – Law enforcement support continues to grow for the bipartisan First Step Act.  The comprehensive criminal justice reform legislation is also endorsed by President Trump and supported by several key law enforcement groups.
 
In a letter Thursday, 56 sheriffs from 34 states voiced their support for the bill, which would reduce crime by helping low-risk, non-violent inmates successfully return to society after serving their sentence.
 
“We applaud President Donald Trump's efforts to advance an initiative that channels inmates to responsibly prepare for reentry into our communities. As a pro-law and order President, he recognizes that one of the greatest contributions to public safety is to have more inmates leave prison with more life skill tools in their toolbox so they may successfully and productively reenter our communities becoming responsible law abiding citizens,” the sheriffs said in the letter.
 
Endorsements from other law enforcement and corrections organizations include:
·        Fraternal Order of Police
 
States represented in Thursday’s letter include:
Alabama
Arizona
Arkansas
California
Colorado
Florida
Georgia
Idaho
Illinois
Indiana
Iowa
Kansas
Kentucky
Louisiana
Maryland
Massachusetts
Michigan
Mississippi
Missouri
Nebraska
Nevada
New Jersey
New York
New Mexico
North Carolina
North Dakota
Oklahoma
Oregon
Pennsylvania
South Dakota
Texas
Utah
Virginia
Wisconsin


More information on the First Step Act:
·       Bill text
·       Fact sheet
 
 

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