2020 Democratic Hopefuls Must Support the First Step Act

Inmates attend a class conducted at a U.S. Federal Correctional Facility. (photo: U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Prisons)

First Step Act

  • Plans to reduce federal incarceration with a new system for calculating early release using “good time” credits.
  • Plans to immediately release 4,000 people convicted on low-level drug offenses through retro-active credits.
  • Improvement to prison conditions; placement of inmates closer to their families and the banning of shackling women in labor.
  • Increased inmate exposure to rehabilitative programs that help reduce re-offending.
Female inmates participate in a service dog training program in a U.S. federal prison. (photo: US Department of Justice, Bureau of Prisons)

Democrats: Pick Your Battles

Democrats don’t even have to declare a Trump victory anyway; here is how to undermine the accomplishment:

Credit President Obama Instead

At the NAACP’s 106th national convention U.S. President Barack Obama lays out the reasons why reform is long overdue in America’s criminal justice system. July 2015 (photo: Obama White House Archives)

“If you want to make an apple pie from scratch, you must first invent the universe.” -Carl Sagan

Obama’s Nation of Second Chances

  • Increased Commutations for individuals still incarcerated under overly-harsh drug penalties under his Clemency Initiative. The First Step Act picks up where this left off, applying the fair sentencing act of 2010 more widely.
  • Created a presidential commission to study mass incarceration. Without this information, the First Step Act would not have been possible.
  • Ended the Federal Financial Subsidization of Mass Incarceration, ending financial support for unwise and ineffective drug war policies.
  • Worked to “Ban the Box” asking potential Federal employees if they have been convicted of a crime.
July 16, 2015: President Obama greets inmates during a visit to El Reno Federal Correctional Institution in El Reno, Oklahoma. The same day he granted clemency to 231 deserving individuals — the most individual acts of clemency granted in a single day by any president in this nation’s history. These, and the many other acts of clemency during his Presidency, exemplify Obama’s belief that America is a nation of second chances. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

Passing the First Step Act is No Favor to Trump

Education Programs offer opportunities for inmates to acquire literacy and marketable skills
so they can obtain employment after release. (photo: US Department of Justice, Bureau of Prisons)

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