"May was a big month for the national justice reform movement. President Trump held the first-ever Prison Reform Summit at the White House. Prison Fellowship® was honored to be in attendance to hear the stories of formerly incarcerated people alongside the president, vice president, and other prominent leaders who were calling for opportunities for redemption and second chances. The momentum continued the following week on May 22 when the U.S. House of Representatives passed the FIRST STEP Act with a tremendous vote of 360-59!
Thousands of advocates like you sent a letter through our website asking members of Congress to support the FIRST STEP Act (formerly known as the Prison Reform and Redemption Act)—and they listened. Thanks to your continued resolve and persistent advocacy, the needle is moving on criminal justice reform.
The FIRST STEP Act passing the House is a significant step forward for the 180,000 men and women in the federal prison system. The act aims to expand recidivism-reducing programs for these men and women and increase earned- and good-time credit opportunities so people can come home to their families sooner.
But the work is not over.
Right now, we have a rare, brief window of opportunity to advance prison reform legislation that will have a lasting impact. The House has already passed the FIRST STEP Act by an overwhelming bipartisan vote of 360-59. The President has promised to sign the bill if the Senate will pass it. This is truly a historic moment. If enough people act, we can change the outcomes for hundreds of thousands of people in the federal prison system—as well as their families, their communities, and our nation. Will you join us before that window closes?
Contact your senators today. Simply share your name and address, and we'll send your elected officials a message declaring your support for prison reform that will give people access to the transformational programming they need, so we can lay the groundwork for changed lives and safer communities."