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Criminal Records Still Plague Reentry for Rehabilitated Offenders

As Congress reflects on its success in passing the First Step Act at the end of 2018, it must look toward ways to build on the existing momentum. The First Step Act was constructed to shift our justice system toward ensuring that we are incarcerating the right people for the right amount of time and that while people are incarcerated, our correctional system is using resources wisely to rehabilitate inmates. It makes steps toward reentry initiatives following incarceration by reauthorizing the Second Chance Act but leaves much still to be done in the space of breaking down barriers to reentry to allow rehabilitated inmates to be successful in society.

02/22/2019
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Time for Congress to Reform Civil Asset Forfeiture After Court Ruling

BY Adam Brandon

Back in 2015, an eye-catching headline appeared in the news. “Law enforcement took more stuff from people than burglars did last year,” the headline read. Think about that for a moment. That’s millions of dollars in cash, homes, and cars stolen not by burglars or carjackers, but by police departments across the country. What’s worse, most of the property has been seized from people who were not even charged with a crime. You’d think this was an anecdote from a former resident of the Soviet Union, but no, this is happening here in America, the land of the free.

02/21/2019
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Press Release

FreedomWorks Statement on President Trump's Signing of the First Step Act

Washington, D.C. -- Following President Trump's signing of the First Step Act, FreedomWorks President Adam Brandon commented:

12/21/2018
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Press Release

Senate Passes the First Step Act

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- In response to the Senate’s passage this evening of the First Step Act, Jason Pye, FreedomWorks Vice President of Legislative Affairs, commented:

12/18/2018
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Podcast

Freedom File 024: Ken Cuccinelli

12/18/2018
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Press Release

Leader McConnell Makes the Right Choice to Hold Floor Vote on First Step Act

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- In response to Senate Majority Leader McConnell’s (R- Ky.) announcement today that the Senate will vote on the First Step Act by the end of the month, Jason Pye, FreedomWorks Vice President of Legislative Affairs, commented:

12/11/2018
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Press Release

FOX is Right to Support First Step Act

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- In response to FOX’s statement today in support of the First Step Act, a landmark piece of criminal justice reform legislation being considered by the Senate, Jason Pye, FreedomWorks Vice President of Legislative Affairs, commented:

12/06/2018
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Op-ed Placement

GOP Road to Retaking Majority Begins With Lame Duck Action

BY Adam Brandon

Republicans may have lost the House of Representatives, but there is still an opportunity for substantial legislative victories in the lame duck session. Republicans lost the House because they failed to govern by their small government, constitutional principles. All eyes now turn to Senate Republicans to make good on their promises.

11/27/2018
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Congress must make sentencing reform priority for public safety

BY Jason Pye

Modest sentencing reforms may be added to prison reform legislation, the First Step Act, currently pending in the Senate. The White House has been vocally supportive of prison reform, and President Trump has appeared to warm to the possibility of adding sentencing reform to the bill.

11/05/2018
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Critics are wrong on First Step Act that can fix criminal justice system

BY Jason Pye

In May, the House of Representatives passed the First Step Act, H.R. 5682, by a vote of 360 to 59. The bill would implement risk assessments and recidivism reduction programming in federal prisons, as well as incentivize certain nonviolent prisoners to reduce their risk of reoffending through earned time credits that can be “cashed in” for placement in pre-release custody.

10/26/2018

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