Trump signs criminal justice reform bill

nearvideo criminal justice reform bill passes in the Senate

Bill passes 87, 12, and more to the house.

President Trump on Friday signed a far-reaching criminal justice reform bill, a major legislative victory on an issue that garnered bipartisan support in spite of deep partisan gridlock on everything from immigration to health care.

“We all want this” Trump said prior to the signing of the bill, campaigned for the “cross-section” of different interests that lined up behind the legislation.

The cross-party moment was all the more should the more remarkable given the trump card is the ongoing engagement with the Congress on the border-wall-financing, which, he insists, in a broader government package of spending. Without an elusive deal, a financing solves lapse of a partial government shutdown at midnight.


But on the outskirts, the fight, the house with an overwhelming majority of the criminal justice bill Thursday approved on a 358-36 vote, after the Senate passed it 87-12. The crucial passage marks a victory for trump as well as his senior adviser and son-in-law, Jared Kushner, the for the bill in the face of some of the conservative resistance.

The First step Act would give Federal judges more leeway when sentencing a drug offender, and the boost-prisoners in rehabilitation. It would also life to reduce sentences for some drug offenders with three convictions, or three strikes to 25 years Other arrangements would allow, about 2,600 Federal prisoners sentenced for crack cocaine offenses before August 2010 the option to petition for a lower penalty.

There are also prisoners creates developed to participate in programs to reduce the risk of relapse to decrease, with the reward a previous Version is to either home confinement or a halfway house to complete her sentence. These are not made available to offenders convicted of were also because of the violent firearms offences, sexual exploitation of children, or high-level heroin and fentanyl use.

The changes were to address concerns that the nation has the war against drugs has exploded, the number of prisoners, without the people prepare for their return to society.

Prisoners were able to receive seven days of credit for good behavior each year of his or her sentence, with this bill, with the credits deducted from the sentence for early release. The bill expands the eligibility for the elderly or terminally ill prisoners to secure the release compassionate.

After the law passed, Trump tweeted his congratulations and described it as a “big-two parties-performance for all.”

The handing-over of the Senate had it picked up the support of hardened anti-Trump Democrats, including Sen. Cory Booker, D-N. J. — who was the bill, as a start-righting-the country is “broken” criminal justice system.

“But for the first time in a long time, with the adoption of this law, in the law, in our country a meaningful break from the decades of failed policies led to the mass incarceration that costs taxpayers billions of dollars, drained our economy, endangers the public safety, harm to our children, and disproportionately communities of color harmed, while the devaluation of the idea of justice in America,” said Booker.

To pass while the bill, both chambers had a comfortable, seen it, like some of the passionate resistance from conservatives, led by Sen. Tom cotton, R-Ark., the changes, including one that would require that victims be notified before a detainee is released early. He had previously called the bill a “jailbreak” on fears that it is free of violence would be on the streets early.

But a number of liberal and conservative interest groups also rallied in support of the bill. The Koch-backed group, Americans for prosperity, applauded the senators for the implementation of the “policy before politics.” The American Civil Liberties Union said the bill was “by no means perfect. But we are in the middle of the mass incarceration crisis, and the time to act is now.”

Fox News’ Samuel Chamberlain, Kaitlyn Schallhorn and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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