S 756 Reforming the Criminal Justice System – First Step Act (Roll Call 271)
This bill, known as the First Step Act, makes numerous reforms to the criminal justice system to reduce costs, responsibly lower incarceration rates and improve public safety. The bill focuses on reforming sentencing, inmate rehabilitation and prison safety. The ACU Foundation's Nolan Center for Justice was a leading force behind the passage of the bill and engages in other federal and state-based initiatives. ACU supports efforts to reduce recidivism and reform our criminal justice system, which has the highest incarceration rate in the world, and supported this bill. The Senate passed the bill on December 18, 2018 by a vote of 87-12.