Speaking from the Roosevelt room, President Donald Trump voiced his support for a bipartisan prison reform bill called the First Step Act. Prison reform is a long discussed topic that lawmakers have been working on.
On his support for the bill, calling it “a very big first step,” President Trump explained that it “will make our communities safer and give former inmates a second chance at life after they have served their time.”
The President added that “we’re all better off when former inmates can receive and reenter society as law-abiding, productive citizens. And thanks to our booming economy, they now have a chance at more opportunities than they’ve ever had before.”
President Trump then explained the reforms the legislation brings, which includes providing “new incentives for low-risk inmates to learn the skills they need to find employment, avoid old habits, and follow the law when they are released from prison. These incentives will encourage them to participate in vocational training, educational coursework, and faith-based programs.”
He also added that “this legislation will allow federal inmates to be placed closer to their home communities in order to help facilitate family visitation… because we know that maintaining family and community ties is key to successful reentry into our society.”
Also, the legislation will include “reasonable sentencing reforms while keeping dangerous and violent criminals off our streets.”
The President also assured that the legislation “rolls back some of the provisions of the Clinton crime law that disproportionately harmed the African American community.
Calling the legislation a sign “that true bipartisanship is possible,” the President noted that “Americans from across the political spectrum can unite around prison reform legislation that will reduce crime while giving our fellow citizens a chance at redemption. So if something happens and they make a mistake, they get a second chance at life.”