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Criminal Justice Reform Success Story Unfolds in Utah

In 2015, Utah legislators passed and Governor Gary Hulburt signed into law a package, HB 348, to reform its state criminal justice system. This package included new concepts such as prioritizing prison space for people with serious and violent offenses as well as strengthening community supervision, both of which have yielded substantial public safety returns.

06/13/2018
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Key Vote

Key Vote NO on the SITSA Act, H.R. 2851

On behalf of FreedomWorks’ activist community, I urge you to contact your representative and ask him or her to vote NO on the Stop the Importation and Trafficking of Synthetic Analogues (SITSA) Act, H.R. 2851. This bill would attempt to address the very real synthetic opioid problem in the United States but does so in an extremely misguided way.

06/11/2018
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FreedomWorks Applauds President Trump for Commutations, Calls for Senate to Act on Criminal Justice Reform

Washington, DC-- FreedomWorks applauds President Trump for using his Article II powers to commute the sentence of Alice Marie Johnson and calls for the Senate to pass the FIRST STEP Act, H.R. 5682, to enact substantial and necessary criminal justice reform.

06/07/2018
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FreedomWorks Calls for Senate Plan of Action in Lead-up to November Midterms

Washington, DC- FreedomWorks pushes for Senate to take up legislation that advances free markets and limited government in the months leading up to November midterm elections.

06/06/2018
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The FIRST STEP Act: Reducing Recidivism Through ID Clarification

Last week, the FIRST STEP Act, federal prison reform legislation sponsored by Rep. Doug Collins (R-Ga.), sailed through the House by a vote of 360-59. The bill would create a risk and needs assessment in federal prisons to guide the implementation of incentivised recidivism-reduction programming for prisoners. More broadly, the legislation is focused on reducing recidivism by aiding reentry into society in multiple ways and implements other measures that contribute to this goal outside of the new programming provisions.

05/30/2018
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FreedomWorks Praises the House for Passing the FIRST STEP Act

Washington, DC- FreedomWorks praises the House for passing the FIRST STEP Act as a major step in the right direction for criminal justice reform.

05/22/2018
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Key Vote

Key Vote YES on the FIRST STEP Act, H.R. 5682

On behalf of FreedomWorks activists nationwide, I urge you to contact your representative and ask him or her to vote YES on the FIRST STEP Act, H.R. 5682, introduced by Rep. Doug Collins (R-Ga.). This bill would implement evidence-based recidivism reduction programming in prisons for every federal prisoner based on his or her individual needs. It would provide a modest incentive structure to eligible prisoners to earn time credits for successfully completing this programming and showing concrete progress toward reducing their risk of recidivism.

05/21/2018
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FreedomWorks' Statement on President Trump's Prison Reform Speech

Washington, DC- Speaking at a White House prison reform summit, President Trump called on Congress to pass a prison reform bill for him to sign now, not later.

05/18/2018
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Evidence Undermines Claims of Prison Reform Opponents

One of the arguments that those opposed to criminal justice reform often claim is that violent crime is a concern, making it unwise to pass even the most basic of reforms to reduce recidivism. This is hypocritical on its face, simply because reducing recidivism by definition reduces crime rates by lowering the number of re-offenders. Nevertheless, opponents of criminal justice reform are ramping up their rhetoric on crime rates to oppose the FIRST STEP Act, H.R. 5682.

05/15/2018
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FIRST STEP Act: 500 Driving Mile Rule and Restoring Congressional Intent to Truth in Sentencing Law

Last week, the House Judiciary Committee approved the Formerly Incarcerated Reenter Society Transformed Safely Transitioning Every Person (FIRST STEP) Act, H.R. 5682, by a 25 to 5 vote. Four Democrats voted against the measure because the bill doesn’t have any sentencing reforms. Only one Republican voted against it. Approval by the committee sets the stage for a floor vote, likely in the coming weeks.

05/14/2018

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