The FIRST STEP Act Passes in the House!

May 22, 2018 | Addiction Policy Forum

FIRST STEP Act approved in the House of Representatives

Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the FIRST STEP Act (H.R. 5682) - an important step toward helping individuals in the criminal justice system receive the care and assistance they need.

As you know, far too many people with substance use disorders (SUD) are in prison and jail. The FIRST STEP Act, introduced by Representatives Doug Collins (R-GA) and Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY), will better prepare federal inmates to reenter society upon their release from prison. Fortunately, a bipartisan majority in the House agrees with this effort as members voted overwhelmingly today to pass this important piece of legislation.
Here is how the FIRST STEP Act helps:
  • Anti-shackling prohibition for pregnant and post-partum inmates;

  • Help with photo identification for people leaving prison;

  • A requirement to move people to facilities within 500 driving miles of their families;

  • New program designed to reduce recidivism and connect individuals with needed services, allowing inmates to earn time off their sentences;

  • Expand the use of compassionate release for elderly inmates; and

  • Expand use and eligibility of home confinement.

Please take a moment to thank the champions of this legislation, especially Representatives Doug Collins and Hakeem Jeffries, and many others who recognize the importance of rehabilitation in our nation’s prisons.
Click the links below to use social media to thank these Representatives for their work to improve our criminal justice system.