The First Step Act Passed Through Congress!

The Senate has passed a criminal justice reform bill. Do you think the House will pass this into a law?

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Look out for flying pigs because both parties in the Senate actually agreed on something!

President Trump just earned a rare bipartisan victory for his support of the First Step Act. What is this new bill and why is everyone voting for it?

The First Step Act is meant to lower mass incarceration. The Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) reports that in 2016, nearly 2.2 million adults were held in America’s prisons and jails. Approximately 655 people out of 100,000 were imprisoned, which makes America the highest incarceration rate in the world.

According to the United States Sentencing Commission, the Fair Sentencing Act, enacted in 2010, reduced the penalties for crack cocaine offenses to produce an 18-to-1 crack-to-powder drug quantity ratio. The First Step Act will make the reform retroactive. Per Vox, the First Step Act will take steps to reform the criminal justice system and “ease very punitive prison sentences at the federal level.” Inmates will be able to earn more “good time credits” for early release and get “earned time credits” by taking part in more vocational and rehabilitative programs. (Research shows that education programs reduce recidivism, as reported by RAND Corporation.) However, the First Step Act only affects the plus or minus 181,000 federal inmates, while the U.S. jail and prison population combined is about 2.1 million.

Who are the biggest supporters of the bill?

The bill passed on a vote of 87 to 12, with dozens of Republicans and all the Democratic senators voting in favor of the First Step Act. Republicans noted that decreasing mass incarceration would also decrease government spending. The biggest notable supporter was President Trump himself. According to the Washington Post, Trump’s endorsement was influenced by Jared Kushner, who encouraged him to support the act. Some GOP supporters, however, were concerned that the bill will leave them susceptible to charges of being too lenient with criminals, but Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Sen. Charles E. Grassley dismissed those concerns and stressed that Trump wants to be “tough on crime, but fair on crime.”

Minutes after the bill passed, Trump tweeted, “America is the greatest Country in the world and my job is to fight for ALL citizens, even those who have made mistakes. Congratulations to the Senate on the bi-partisan passing of a historic Criminal Justice Reform Bill. This will keep our communities safer, and provide hope and a second chance, to those who earn it. In addition to everything else, billions of dollars will be saved. I look forward to signing this into law!”

With such an outstanding amount of support, it’s not surprising that the bill went on to the U.S. House of Representatives and passed! The Washington Post reports that the passing of this legislation is a pivotal point for the GOP and supports rehabilitating offenders rather than longtime incarceration. Did you think that a bill would pass this easily? Read the full story from the New York Post here.

Here’s how people on the Zip app are weighing in on this all over the country!

The Senate has passed a criminal justice reform bill. Do you think the House will pass this into a law?

80% Definitely
20% Didn’t think so
74% Definitely
26% Didn’t think so
92% Definitely
8% Didn’t think so


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