‘It Was a Christmas Miracle’: Right and Left Join in on Celebrating Trump’s Criminal Justice Reform Success

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President Donald Trump’s push for criminal justice reform made it past its biggest hurdle Tuesday night after the Senate gave it a seal of approval with an overwhelming amount of support.

The First Step Act is a bipartisan piece of legislation that aims to reduce prison sentences and assist in prisoner re-entry. The point of this legislation is to help prisoners get back on their feet after they have served their time for their crimes.

The prisoners that will be impacted by this bill are those who are behind bars for non-violent crimes such as drug possession. The sentencing disparity between crack cocaine and powder cocaine (which was largely considered to be racially motivated) will be reduced. Prisoners can also reduce their sentences by earning credits for good behavior, participating in vocational training, and other rehabilitative services.

Trump has been pushing criminal justice reform throughout his presidency, meeting with people like Kim Kardashian West and earning the support of Martin Luther King Jr.’s daughter, Dr. Bernice King, as IJR previously reported.

On Tuesday night, the Senate overwhelmingly backed the bill with 87 votes in favor. Trump was quick to congratulate the Senate for its vote.

People from across the political spectrum joined together to celebrate the bill’s success.

CNN’s Van Jones, who is not a fan of Trump, called the bill a “Christmas miracle.”

“Liberals aren’t going to like this, but you know what made a difference? Donald J. Trump finally said enough is enough,” Jones told Axios. “Jared Kushner had been out there bleeding for this.”

And with Sens. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Rand Paul (R-Ky.), Cory Booker (D-N.J.), and Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) all joining together to celebrate, Jones may be right about the Christmas miracle:

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders celebrated the First Step Act, but she also celebrated the rare moment of bipartisanship and called for it to continue:

Although the First Step Act will only apply to those who are in prison for federal crimes, many see this as an important first step to reduce the massive prison population in the United States. The First Step Act hasn’t officially become law yet. It must be approved by the House and then signed by Trump — who is eager to do just that.

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Rocky Drummond
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This bill only goes so far so who is going to take up the mantle & go further with prison reform?

It only affects the 180,000 federal prisoners, but the vast majority of our 2+ MILLION prisoners are in state and local prisons.

The 3-strikes rule was reduced in severity not eliminated.

Much more needs to be done to reduce the rate of recidivism.

Nothing was done to eliminate the very expensive & dangerous practice of private prisons. A profit motive to locking people up? No.

Phyllis Softa
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Criminal Justice reform is a POSITIVE step for Trump’s legacy. Keep in mind the criteria that all POTUS are rated and that score determines his ranking. https://www.c-span.org/presidentsurvey2017/

KhyberRifle
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Does this mean Spartacus and Congressional Black Caucus ians will no longer play the race card when maligning DJT? In any event, good for the Senate. To see Grassley and Spartacus smiling together is indeed a welcome miracle.

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