Americans for Tax Reform: The US needs Sentencing Reform and the First Step Act

In August, Senator Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) met with President Trump to add new reforms to the Formerly Incarcerated Reenter Society Transformed Safely Transitioning Every Person (FIRST STEP) Act. The bill proposes recidivism reduction programs for minimal and low-risk offenders by providing time-release credits to inmates who participate in rehabilitative programs. While the bill passed the House under a 360 - 59 favorable vote, there are still more reforms that can be added to the bill package.

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Jonathan Haggerty
Forbes: 'Tough On Crime' Means Tough On Work

This year, many states enacted policies aimed at promoting work for those with criminal records. One of the leaders in this area is Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin. In the following interview, Governor Bevin explains why the tough on crime mentality can keep people who are trying to rebuild their lives out of work.

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Jonathan Haggerty
The Hill: Critics are wrong on First Step Act that can fix criminal justice system

In reform states like Texas and South Carolina, recidivism rates are relatively low. The three-year recidivism rate in Texas as measured by reincarceration among prisoners released in 2013 was 21 percent. Texas passed its first reforms in 2007. In South Carolina, passed prison and sentencing reforms in 2010, the three-year recidivism rate as measured by reincarceration was 23.1 percent.

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Jonathan Haggerty