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senate Bill S. 756

First Step Act: Reforming Federal Corrections and Sentencing Policies to Reduce Recidivism

Argument in favor

This bipartisan bill makes important reforms to the federal prison system to control costs while improving programs aimed at reducing recidivism when prisoners are released, including through substance abuse treatment and job training. It has important safeguards to ensure that particularly violent and dangerous criminals aren’t released early.

Samantha's Opinion
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12/18/2018
This reform is imperative for drug offenders especially. Most drug offenders (who by the way get harsher punishments than sex offenders and rapist) have an addiction problem that needs to be rehabilitated. Giving them drug treatment and shorter sentences allows them to address their addiction and return to society with a clear head and tools to combat their addiction. Having them locked up like animals in cages without the tools to get to the root of the problem which is the addiction for lengthy periods of time with others with the same or similar offenses only places them in a position to not only come out as even worse future drug offenders having gained more contacts while in prison to help further their future drug offenses. It also keeps our jails overpopulated, crime rising, and more importantly families torn apart. We have to fix the root of the problem if we want a real change and giving drug offenders the right tools to fight their addiction is better for society. This is a much needed bill that needs to pass.
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Kodiwodi's Opinion
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07/25/2018
Debris is choking our oceans and waterways killing our sea life and destroying our quality of life when visiting our vast coastlines. While we may not be responsible for all of it we do contribute through our activities and it’s not going away. Our choices become learn to live with it which is a bit unappealing and a lot selfish or figure out perhaps in combination with others how to get rid of it for good which is for everyone’s benefit.
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burrkitty's Opinion
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07/25/2018
Between 50 and 85% of the oxygen we breathe is derived directly from the phytoplankton which are the base of the oceanic food chain. Damaging the ocean system with pollution will literally kill us. Terrestrial plants cannot support the oxygen needs of the whole planet. Especially with the current deforestation rate. Protect the ocean.
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Argument opposed

While the reforms to the federal prison system this bill offers may be worthwhile, it should be expanded to include reforms to shorten sentences for non-violent crime further. Alternatively, this bill would let too many inmates out of prison before they’ve reformed themselves, which would endanger public safety.

Lionman's Opinion
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12/18/2018
I’m not sure why the Save our Seas is now tied up with Prison Reform. They’re vastly different issues that should never be put together. The legislation currently before us really only benefits the Private Prisons, who are pushing this legislation.
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Hillary's Opinion
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12/19/2018
Create a release program that releases prisoners into re-entry programs instead of dropping them on the street with no money, no medicine, no clothes, no ID, and nowhere to sleep. No for profit prisons ever. Non violent drug users don’t need 20 years in prison they need medical help. Legalize marijuana and tax it now. Get all non-violent prisoner convicted on marijuana use out of jail now. Get real education for prisoners.
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Peanut's Opinion
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12/18/2018
Criminals will always be criminals. Put them to work being productive while incarcerated. After a few years of good hard labor that should help get them in the right direction.
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bill Progress


  • Not enacted
    The President has not signed this bill
  • The house Passed December 20th, 2018
    Roll Call Vote 358 Yea / 36 Nay
      house Committees
      Water, Oceans, and Wildlife
      Committee on Natural Resources
      Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure
      Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation
  • The senate Passed December 19th, 2018
    Roll Call Vote 87 Yea / 12 Nay
      senate Committees
      Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation
    IntroducedMarch 29th, 2017

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    This reform is imperative for drug offenders especially. Most drug offenders (who by the way get harsher punishments than sex offenders and rapist) have an addiction problem that needs to be rehabilitated. Giving them drug treatment and shorter sentences allows them to address their addiction and return to society with a clear head and tools to combat their addiction. Having them locked up like animals in cages without the tools to get to the root of the problem which is the addiction for lengthy periods of time with others with the same or similar offenses only places them in a position to not only come out as even worse future drug offenders having gained more contacts while in prison to help further their future drug offenses. It also keeps our jails overpopulated, crime rising, and more importantly families torn apart. We have to fix the root of the problem if we want a real change and giving drug offenders the right tools to fight their addiction is better for society. This is a much needed bill that needs to pass.
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    I’m not sure why the Save our Seas is now tied up with Prison Reform. They’re vastly different issues that should never be put together. The legislation currently before us really only benefits the Private Prisons, who are pushing this legislation.
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    Debris is choking our oceans and waterways killing our sea life and destroying our quality of life when visiting our vast coastlines. While we may not be responsible for all of it we do contribute through our activities and it’s not going away. Our choices become learn to live with it which is a bit unappealing and a lot selfish or figure out perhaps in combination with others how to get rid of it for good which is for everyone’s benefit.
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    Create a release program that releases prisoners into re-entry programs instead of dropping them on the street with no money, no medicine, no clothes, no ID, and nowhere to sleep. No for profit prisons ever. Non violent drug users don’t need 20 years in prison they need medical help. Legalize marijuana and tax it now. Get all non-violent prisoner convicted on marijuana use out of jail now. Get real education for prisoners.
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    Between 50 and 85% of the oxygen we breathe is derived directly from the phytoplankton which are the base of the oceanic food chain. Damaging the ocean system with pollution will literally kill us. Terrestrial plants cannot support the oxygen needs of the whole planet. Especially with the current deforestation rate. Protect the ocean.
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    Criminals will always be criminals. Put them to work being productive while incarcerated. After a few years of good hard labor that should help get them in the right direction.
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    Senate Bill S.3649 – The First Step Act I’m in full agreement with and recommend passage of the SENATE bill S. 3649 AKA the First Step Act — a package of sweeping reforms designed to reduce incarceration rates and recidivism within the federal criminal-justice system — was drafted by Senate Judiciary Committee chairman Chuck Grassley of Iowa and Senator Dick Durbin of Illinois. Despite receiving broad bipartisan support and the staunch backing of White House adviser Jared Kushner. I’m in disagreement with law-and-order hardliners, led by Senator Tom Cotton of Arkansas who have argued that it will lead to a surge in crime and have accused Republican proponents of attempting to rush it through Congress. SneakyPete..... 👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻. 12*11*18.....
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    Of course, yes. If we don’t take care of the Earth, it will take care of us.
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    The very fact you even felt it necessary to ask this question is stunning . Of course we need to fight marine debris! Don’t hold your breath. Trump is anti science and anti environment . Vote only for Democrats. Send the Republican ignoramuses home
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    The shear enormity of the problem goes way beyond someone throwing trash in the ocean although that too should be addressed. Commercial dumping must take priority, but this administration which has turned its back on the environment in favor of letting business operate unchecked is not going change its philosophies. We need to change the administration.
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    Protecting our oceans needs to be a priority what republicans do not seem to understand is that 70 percent of the oxygen we breath comes from the ocean so it is a matter of life or death
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    More tax monies down the drain
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    The only reason these Prison issues are suddenly in the spot light is due to the fact Trump and his Administration ARE ALL GOING TO PRISON.
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    Finally something sensible! For our own good, we must take action to clean up the ocean debris. If not, the food chain will continue to be negatively impacted and the garbage will end up here and or back here.
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    I don’t like how this is worded. Stop trying to saddle agencies with impossible tasks to further overburden them. Yes, the president should start acting like science and human effects are real, yes, everyone should take a more active stance on marine trash- but don’t tie up NOAA’s funding or operations with this. Given all the cuts to science agencies, they need to keep their focus on the work they’re already doing. If you’re going to give them boatloads more money, then I’m sure they’d love to tackle this problem.
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    Yes absolutely. The debri in the ocean is getting ridiculous
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    This does NOTHING but help the GOP commit more outrageous things and get an easier sentence. How about the HOP PUSHES THROUGH a bill that would RELEASE ALL MINOR MARIJUANA RELATED convicts out of prison and wipe the conviction off their record?! WOW WHAT A GREAT IDEA!
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    These reforms to the federal prison system seem worthwhile, it should be expanded to include - reforms to shorten sentences for non-violent crime, - This bill, the way it is, would let too many inmates out of prison before they’ve reformed so that needs to be addressed with guidance on how to decide who is reformed.
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    Small steps. It’s not everything we wanted but it’s a good start. This is something to build on for the next bill.
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    Even though I think this legislation is very watered down, it does make some significant progress in reforming our prison system. We need to focus a lot more on rehabilitation and preventing non-violent drug offenders from being sentenced to absurdly long prison terms.
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