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Our Elected Officials Can Transform Countless Lives During Second Chance Month*

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Our Elected Officials Can Transform Countless Lives During Second Chance Month*

04.08.19 07:01 AM

Last year, President*Donald*Trump signed*into law*the First Step Act,*one of the most significant reforms to the criminal justice system in*decades. Many have already been given a second chance under the First Step Act. And thereís more to come. The new law*will save taxpayer dollars, create safer communities by reducing recidivism,*and give formerly incarcerated individuals a chance to*lawfully*provide for their families and themselves*through dignified work. But we havenít*yet*realized*its*full potential. At a recent White House event meant to celebrate the law, President Trump pledged to fully fund it. Thatís a great sign and the president should be applauded for his commitment to the lawís success. Now, Congress must ensure this happens through the appropriations process. Congress and the administration must also work together to*implement*core provisions of the First Step Act,*such as instructing the federal Bureau of Prisons to issue accurate good time credit to those serving sentences. Itís a big task. The First Step Act*is the first federal reform in many years to make the criminal justice system less punitive and more redemptive.*Now,*Congress and the Trump administration*can take the next step by ensuring*these policies*take hold. Our lawmakers and President Trump deserve thanks for passing this legislation. It has*the*potential to improve countless lives, now […]

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