Today, the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) sent a letter to Congress in support of the FIRST STEP Act (S. 2795/H.R. 5682). The FIRST STEP Act was introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives by Congressmen Doug Collins (R-GA) and Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY) and in the U.S. Senate by Senators John Cornyn (R-TX) and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI). The FIRST STEP Act calls for more funding for federal prison programs and incentivizes prisoners to complete the programs in order to hopefully reduce the likelihood of inmates committing new crimes once released from prison. At the same time the legislation provides additional safeguards to ensure that violent prisoners are not released and that community safety remains the top priority.
The bill passed the House by 360-59 on May 22. The legislation will now need to be considered by the Senate. To view a copy of IACP’s letter with more details on the bill, click here.