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.