National politics has become highly partisan and extremely polarized, with political leaders sometimes opting more to destroy the efforts of the other team rather than serve the best interests of the American people. If we truly care about healing partisan divides, then we must reward our political leaders when they work together, even if it means compromising (which it does).
The FIRST STEP Act
Last week the House Judiciary Committee witnessed a big bipartisan success by progressing a prison reform bill, the FIRST STEP Act. The bill includes much overdue requirements for humane treatment of pregnant women in prison and better reentry practices to reduce our nation’s soaring 77% rate of recidivism within 5 years.
Is there more that needs to be done to fix our prison system? Absolutely. Both sides had to make compromises to get this bill through the committee. Check out this letter from the Brennan Justice Center to Congress to understand what other steps are needed for meaningful prison reform. Help get the first step of prison reform passed.
- Ask your U.S. Rep to support the FIRST STEP Act to create much-needed prison reform. Ask them to read the letter to Congress from the Brennan Justice Center to understand what other steps are also needed for meaningful prison reform.
Rep. Rob Bishop (Congressional District 1): 202-225-0453 (DC) // 801-625-0107 (Ogden)
Rep. Chris Stewart (Congressional District 2): 202-225-9730 (DC) // 801-364-5550 (SLC) // 435-627-1500 (St. George)
Rep. John Curtis (Congressional District 3): (202) 225-7751 (DC) // (801) 851-2500 (Provo)
Rep. Mia Love (Congressional District 4): (202) 225-3011 (DC) // 801-996-8729 (West Jordan)