1. Action Alert
  2. Criminal Justice

Support the First Step Act

By José Santos Woss, December 13, 2018


Mass incarceration takes 2.3 million people away from our communities - many of them black and brown people incarcerated for nonviolent drug offenses.

Over the last 40 years the U.S. prison population has increased by 500 percent. While not perfect, the FIRST STEP Act (S.756) brings more fairness into the justice system by reducing extremely long prison sentences for non-violent crimes paired with improved rehabilitation for those currently in prison. The bill also includes the Second Chance Reauthorization Act, which will provide much needed funding to community based organizations helping people leaving prison every day.

Our faith shows us that rehabilitation and growth is possible. A nation that imprisons fathers, mothers, people, and even children for drugs has no justice.

José Santos Woss

  • Legislative Manager, Criminal Justice and Election Integrity

José is the Legislative Manager for Criminal Justice and Election Integrity. He leads FCNL’s work on criminal justice reform, campaign finance reform (election integrity), and police militarization. He helps to lead the Interfaith Criminal Justice Coalition, an alliance of more than 40 national faith groups advocating to end mass incarceration.