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FAMM Praises Advancement of Bipartisan Criminal Justice Reform Bill in U.S. Senate
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee met and voted on the Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act (SRCA, S. 1917). The committee decided, by a vote of 16-5, to approve the bill. The bill was passed with no amendments or changes.
FAMM president Kevin Ring issued the following statement in reaction to today’s vote:
“FAMM applauds the senators who voted for the bill, and we’re grateful to Chairman Grassley, who has come so far to scale back some of the most appalling mandatory minimums. This bill has always been modest, but Congress has to do something, and this bill is a start. Warehousing prisoners too long with no rehabilitative programs is not cutting crime or fixing our drug problems. There’s too much at stake for public safety to keep the status quo.”
In a letter to the committee sent earlier this week, FAMM supported the SRCA and urged lawmakers to preserve the bill’s sentencing reforms and to improve its prison reforms.
Next, the SRCA could be voted on by the full U.S. Senate. It is possible that more changes could be made to the bill before then, or during the voting process.
Additionally, the U.S. House of Representatives has its own version of a prison reform bill, H.R. 3356, the Prison Reform and Redemption Act, which could also advance this year. That bill is sponsored by Reps. Doug Collins (R-GA) and Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY).
FAMM is a nonpartisan, national advocacy organization that promotes fair and effective criminal justice reforms to make our communities safe. Founded in 1991, FAMM promotes change by raising the voices of families and individuals who are directly affected by counterproductive sentencing and prison policies.
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