Mass incarceration is built upon excessive sentences and limited opportunities for rehabilitation. Workforce training and education in prison are key to unlocking potential and increasing the likelihood of success upon release.
President Donald Trump’s proposed FY 2020 budget lays out a disturbing vision for the future of our country that offers billions more for war, walls, and detention at the expense of our families, our health, and our safety.
The last few weeks have been a source of inspiration and hope. In a time when many of our government’s policies are moving us in the wrong direction, we’ve also seen the positive impact that faithful advocates like you can have.
Washington, DC – The Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL) praised this week’s passage of the FIRST STEP Act (S. 756) by both chambers of Congress. This bipartisan criminal justice reform bill is expected to be signed into law by the president by the end of the week.
The FIRST STEP Act (S. 756) is similar to the Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act, a bill FCNL has supported for a number of years. It will bring more fairness to our criminal justice system through the reductions of mandatory minimum sentencing, and will aid reentry through recidivism reduction programs.
Washington, DC – The Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL) welcomed the passage of Savanna’s Act (S.1942) by the Senate. The bill is now headed to the House for their approval. Savanna’s Act is named after Savanna LaFontaine Greywind, a Dakota woman eight-months pregnant who went missing and was found brutally murdered in August 2017.
With Democrats winning control of the House of Representatives, and the passage of several major criminal justice reform ballot initiatives, the future looks bright for comprehensive criminal justice reform.