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The First Step Act: Best chance to make meaningful changes

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The First Step Act

Today, the U.S. holds more prisoners than any other country. The largest increase came from nonviolent drug offenders, largely due to inflexible mandatory minimum sentences.

The First Step Act that I introduced with Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley would reduce recidivism, promote public safety and improve fairness in federal sentencing.

It’s a once-in-a-political-lifetime aligning of the stars. Republicans, Democrats, President Trump, the Fraternal Order of Police and the ACLU have thrown their support behind our bill. It’s the best chance in a generation to make meaningful changes in federal drug sentencing laws. We cannot waste it.

Sen. Dick Durbin

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