Support the FIRST STEP Act

May 22, 2018 | Addiction Policy Forum

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

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.

We urge Members of the House of Representative to vote in favor of this vital legislation that will strengthen rehabilitation in our nation’s prisons.

Click here to urge your Representative support this important legislation.

Topics: Advocacy