Trump Clears Big Hurdle on Criminal Justice Reform
Article from Axios by Stef W. Kight and Jonathan Swan.
Legislation designed to reduce federal prison sentences for some non-violent crimes and to help prisoners prepare for freedom is inching its way toward the Senate floor. And it just got a big boost from an unlikely ally: rank-and-file police.
What’s happening: The Fraternal Order of Police — the largest law enforcement labor organization in the U.S. — announced Friday its support of a bipartisan Senate criminal justice reform bill, which would lower certain mandatory sentences, incentivize prison rehabilitation programs, provide sanitary products to women and potentially release around 4,000 people.
Why it matters: Part of the challenge for reform advocates like Jared Kushner has been persuading hard-liners such as Sen. Tom Cotton and President Trump that the bill could win the support of law enforcement and wouldn’t undermine public safety, a person familiar with the negotiations tells Axios. FOP’s endorsement clears a significant hurdle.
- The International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) is also supportive of the bill, according to a source close to the negotiations, and publicly endorsed the House version of the bill earlier this year.
Read the entire article at Axios.
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