Criminal justice reform, Texas style
In Mississippi yesterday, President Trump explained his support for the FIRST STEP Act, a bill that will bring much-needed reform to America’s prison system.
“I think we all want the same thing,” the President said. “We want safer communities. We want people to have better opportunities and a better life.” The legislation, which is drawing strong bipartisan support, would enact reasonable sentencing reforms to ensure fairness while keeping the most dangerous criminals off the street. “Tough on crime but also smart on crime,” President Trump calls it.
“A lot of great places” have done criminal justice reform at the state level, he added, including Texas, Kentucky, and Georgia. “You know, you think of Texas as a tough law-and-order state, and they’ve done it . . . and in Georgia, where the Governor has been speaking about it like it’s almost a miracle.”
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Watch: President Trump’s Mississippi roundtable on the FIRST STEP Act
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