Support the FIRST STEP Act

Support the FIRST STEP Act

Make those calls ASAP!

With 180,000 people incarcerated in federal prisons, our prison population is growing at an astonishing rate and taking up a larger and larger share of resources.

We would be better off investing in treatment, education, housing, and other social services that actually reduce crime and keep our communities safe.   

The FIRST STEP Act will ensure that people have the support they need to come home from prison job ready.

Tell your member of Congress you support the FIRST STEP Act because it will:

  • Ban the shackling of women during childbirth.
  • Place people within 500 driving ...

Make those calls ASAP!

With 180,000 people incarcerated in federal prisons, our prison population is growing at an astonishing rate and taking up a larger and larger share of resources.

We would be better off investing in treatment, education, housing, and other social services that actually reduce crime and keep our communities safe.   

The FIRST STEP Act will ensure that people have the support they need to come home from prison job ready.

Tell your member of Congress you support the FIRST STEP Act because it will:

  • Ban the shackling of women during childbirth.
  • Place people within 500 driving miles of their families.
  • Change prison conditions for women, children and families.
  • Provide major incentives to pursue life-changing classes.
  • Requires the BOP to assist with obtaining IDs prior to release.
  • Give people in prison who are elderly or terminally ill a pathway home.
  • Allow formerly incarcerated people to serve as volunteers and mentors.
  • Give thousands of men and women an opportunity to come home sooner.
  • Authorizes $250 million over five years for development and expansion of programs.

CAN YOU CALL YOUR MEMBER OF CONGRESS TODAY AND ASK THEM TO TAKE THE FIRST STEP TOWARDS FIXING OUR BROKEN CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM BY VOTING YES ON THE FIRST STEP ACT?

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Make Calls to Support the FIRST STEP Act & Sentencing Reform

There's an incredible opportunity to pass criminal justice reform in Congress. 

Hello, my name is _____ and I live in ____.

I'm calling to urge Senator _____  to support the FIRST STEP Act (S. 2795) and to ensure that Sentencing Reform is included. The FIRST STEP Act is a bipartisan bill that passed the House 369-59. This legislation would improve the lives of incarcerated men and women and their families while beginning to address failures in federal sentencing that result in too many ruined lives.

Almost 50% of people in ...

Hello, my name is _____ and I live in ____.

I'm calling to urge Senator _____  to support the FIRST STEP Act (S. 2795) and to ensure that Sentencing Reform is included. The FIRST STEP Act is a bipartisan bill that passed the House 369-59. This legislation would improve the lives of incarcerated men and women and their families while beginning to address failures in federal sentencing that result in too many ruined lives.

Almost 50% of people in federal prison are there for drug-related offenses. Many will return to communities without the adequate skills or support they need to come home from prison job ready.  

The addition of Sentencing Reform makes this bill all that more urgent and necessary. Especially fixing retroactive application of the Fair Sentencing Act. 

[Elaborate with a personal story about how your life has been touched by incarceration]

Our prisons have become warehouses often leaving people more traumatized and with fewer opportunities than when they entered. The FIRST STEP Act would change that.

I will be very disappointed if ____ does not publicly support and vote for this bill.

Please get back to me at ________ to let me know his/her decision. I will be monitoring closely.

 

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