Civil Rights Orgs Cautiously Optimistic About Senate Vote on FIRST STEP Act
Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights: “This bipartisan bill offers some important improvements to the current federal system, but it falls short of providing the meaningful change that is required.”
House Approves Controversial Prison Reform Measure
But the FIRST STEP Act faces an uphill battle. Criminal justice reform advocates say any meaningful bill must include sentencing reform, and Republicans and Democrats in the Senate agree.
House Advances Controversial Bill to Reform Federal Prison System
But several civil rights organizations—and Senators—say the measure would do nothing to address sentencing reform that Black and Latinx people desperately need.