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A Huge Victory for Criminal Justice Reform

Defeat of Cotton-Kennedy Amendment a Huge Victory for Criminal Justice Reform, Sloan Says

Statement from Jessica Jackson Sloan, National Director of #cut50:

“The bipartisan coalition stuck together and won. Tom Cotton’s scare tactics were a resounding failure. The overwhelming rejection of his amendments shows a clear mandate for federal criminal justice reforms.  This victory was hard fought and fueled by people who have directly experienced the negative impacts of our criminal justice system – formerly incarcerated people and their loved ones. We applaud them for never giving up hope, even under the most unlikely of circumstances.”

“The First Step Act prioritizes justice, rehabilitation, and public safety. As the bill heads toward final passage tonight, the House Thursday and ultimately to the President’s desk, we will keep fighting to prevent any changes that might hurt those impacted.”

“We applaud the efforts of Senators Grassley and Durbin leading their respective parties to a consensus on one of the most important challenges our country faces-unwinding the catastrophic harm of the incarceration industry. Tonight, we stand as neither Republican or Democrats but as a people seeking to take the first step of many to criminal justice reform.”


#cut50 works to cut crime and incarceration in all 50 states by translating local needs into smart safety solutions. The organization brings together unlikely allies—formerly and currently incarcerated individuals, community members, crime survivors, local elected officials, and law enforcement–to keep communities safe and families together

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