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Bonamici Applauds First Step Act, Calls for Further Criminal Justice Reforms

December 20, 2018
Press Release


WASHINGTON, DC [12/20/18] – Today Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR) issued the following statement after the House and Senate passed S. 756, the First Step Act, to make reforms to the criminal justice system.


“For too long our criminal justice system has meted out punishment that outweighs the crimes. Too many nonviolent offenders have been locked away for lengthy periods of time, preventing them from being with their families and contributing to their communities,” said Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici. “Thousands of individuals and families will benefit from the bipartisan First Step Act, which makes important reforms to reduce excessive prison sentences and increase resources for evidence-based programming that prevents recidivism. I am proud to support a bill that ends federal juvenile solitary confinement, expands supervised release opportunities, ends many mandatory minimum sentences, and provides resources to help incarcerated individuals struggling with addiction. I applaud my colleague and incoming Caucus Chair Hakeem Jeffries for his leadership in advancing this important legislation.


“As the name of this legislation suggests, this is an important first step to fixing our criminal justice system - but more remains to be done. I will continue to push for further criminal justice reform that protects the public and provides incarcerated individuals with the programs they need to successfully reintegrate into their communities after they are released.”