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After months of negotiations, #cut50 is pleased to deliver some good news: we are now successfully advancing a strong, prison reform bill through the U.S. Congress. 

We have joined more than 70 organizations in supporting the FIRST STEP Act, a federal bill introduced by U.S. Representatives Hakeem Jeffries, Doug Collins, and Karen Bass, which restart the long, hard process of fixing our broken prison system -- with special relief for women behind bars.

If passed, this bill would:

  • Ban the shackling of women during childbirth and provide sanitary napkins and tampons at no charge;
  • Give thousands of men and women an opportunity to earn their way home sooner (by fixing “Good Time Credits” retroactively);
  • Get people out of federal prison earlier and into halfway homes or home confinement;
  • Require the Bureau of Prisons to place incarcerated people within 500 driving miles of their families;
  • Allow formerly incarcerated people to serve as volunteers and mentors;
  • And expand compassionate release, thereby giving the elderly and terminally ill a pathway home.

All of this is backed by a proposed investment of $250 million over five years and mechanisms to hold the BOP accountable for implementing these changes.

#cut50 initiative has worked for months to strengthen this bill. It’s finally in a place where are proud to endorse it. We are encouraging others to do the same. 

Learn more at FirstStepAct.org

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