The US House of Representatives approved the First Step Bill [H. 5682] in May – see summary here. It goes further than these 5 highlights that will impact FEDERAL cases and the Bureau of Prisons. It will not impact state laws.
- provide training while men and women are incarcerated;
eliminate the disparity between the sentencing for crack cocaine and heroin;
lower mandatory minimum sentences;
prohibit shackling of prisoners giving birth; and
mandate prisoners be held at facilities 500 miles or less from home. [space available]
Ask President Trump to promise to sign this federal legislation into law once it has passed both houses of Congress.Senator Mitch McConnell pledged bring the legislation up for a vote IF the President will sign it. Jared Kushner, whose father has been incarcerated, is pushing this bill.
Please write to Senator Mitch McConnell https://www.mcconnell.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/contactform and ask him to bring First Step Act up for a vote in the senateThank you.Charlotte Simpson, activistEMIT member