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Washington, D.C. – House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (CA-23) released the following statement on the passage of H.R. 5682, the FIRST STEP Act:

“Inmates should be given a fair shot at returning home as responsible citizens after they have paid their debt to society for certain crimes. Yet our federal prison system subjects many inmates to harsh punishments without merit, isolation, and idleness that make it challenging for them to transition back to ordinary life.

“The FIRST STEP Act passed today by the House will bring meaningful change for thousands of inmates incarcerated in the federal prison system. The bill will provide inmates with individualized support such as jobs training during and after their period of incarceration. The bill also will improve prison conditions and ensure inmates are incarcerated within reasonable driving distance of their families. These evidence-based reforms reduce the likelihood that inmates will reoffend once they return to society.

“President Trump asked Congress to get a prison reform bill to his desk. Today, this House has done its job. I want to thank Rep. Doug Collins (GA-9) for introducing strong reforms that will protect public safety and help inmates earn a second chance at life.”