Dr. Bernice King, the daughter of Martin Luther King Jr., wrote a letter this week in support of a criminal justice reform bill that has bipartisan support and has been endorsed by President Donald Trump.
In a letter obtained by The Daily Wire from the National Diversity Coalition For Trump, King wrote in a “plea to Congress” that the “First Step Act” is an opportunity to take a “monumental” step “towards assisting and empowering the least of these in America.”
“The bill would reduce mandatory minimum sentences for some crimes and grant judges greater discretion in sentencing nonviolent drug offenders,” a Bloomberg editorial said about the bill. “It would also fund recidivism-reduction programs for low-risk inmates and allow some 2,600 drug offenders to petition for reduced sentences. Perhaps most important, the bill would require more research on criminal justice — a predicate to reducing guesswork in setting future policy on sentencing.”
In endorsing the bill, Trump said in November that the U.S. “benefits if former inmates are able to reenter society as productive, law-abiding citizens.”
“For too long, disenfranchised populations have suffered in a punitive prison system that offers no viable pathways to reentering society,” King continued in her letter. “Today, over two million Americans are incarcerated in a system that does not offer the resources to bring out their intellectual and creative genius.”
King said that while she does not believe the bill is “comprehensive enough,” she thinks that it’s a good step forward.
Although the bill has increasing bipartisan support, not everyone is sold on it.
Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) said in a recent op-ed: “Let there be no doubt: If the bill is passed, thousands of federal offenders, including violent felons and sex offenders, will be released earlier than they would be under current law. Whatever word games the bill’s proponents use will make no difference to the future victims of these felons.”
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