July 24, 2017
Contact: Rabiah Burks
Two Cheers for New Federal Prison Reform Bill
WASHINGTON, DC – FAMM President Kevin Ring released the following statement in response to today’s introduction of the Prison Reform and Redemption Act in the U.S. House by Representatives by Rep. Doug Collins (R-GA) and Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY):
Rep. Collins and Rep. Jeffries deserve tons of credit for sponsoring this important legislation. While the bill is not perfect, and we hope to work with the congressmen, their staff, and others to make improvements, the bill as introduced contains a number of critically important changes that will reduce recidivism and enhance public safety. Indeed, many of the reforms are consistent with the recommendations we made in the prison reform report we released less than two months ago.
Specifically, the bill would expand meaningful educational and vocational training programs in federal prisons. It would provide real incentives to prisoners who complete programs that have been proven to reduce their risk of reoffending. The bill also would improve the Bureau of Prisons’ compassionate release program, a longtime FAMM priority.
On June 1, FAMM released the findings of the first-ever independent survey of federal prisoners, which focused on the type and quality of educational and vocational training programs, as well as substance abuse and mental health treatment, currently available in America’s federal prisons. “Using Time to Reduce Crime: Federal Prisoner Survey Results Show Ways to Reduce Recidivism” offers unique insights from inside federal prisons and includes 13 recommendations for reform.
FAMM, which celebrated its 25th anniversary last year, promotes commonsense sentencing and prison policies that increase public safety.
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