At the close of the 115th Congress, the First Step Act passed in the Senate (87-12) and House (358-36) and was signed by President Trump on December 21, 2018. This bill, which made major, positive changes to the federal prison system and modest federal sentencing reforms was the biggest bipartisan piece of legislation in recent memory. We will continue to look for those criminal justice reform issues where the left and the right can come together for a common goal. 

H.R. 1895 - The FAIR Act

The  Fifth Amendment Integrity Restoration (FAIR) Act of 2019 improves protections for Americans when facing civil asset forfeiture. It increases the burden of proof from a preponderance of evidence to clear-and-convincing evidence; ends equitable sharing; and directs forfeiture funds into a general fund to disincentivize wrongful takings, among other protections. Reps. Tim Walberg (R-MI) and Jamie Raskin (D-MD)  are the lead co-sponsors. THe other  original co-sponsors are Reps. Tony Cardenas (D-CA), Thomas Massie (R-KY), Tom McClintock (R-CA), and Bobby Rush (D-IL). 

The Due Process Institute has ENDORSED this bill.

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S. 1074 - The REAL Act

The Restoring Education and Learning (REAL) Act, would restore Pell Grant eligibility for incarcerated individuals so they can receive post-secondary education in prison.  The original cosponsors are Sens. Brian Schatz (D-HI), Mike Lee (R-UT), and Dick Durbin (D-IL) in the Senate.

The Due Process Institute has ENDORSED this bill. 

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