House Passes Prison Reform Bill Aimed at Reducing Recidivism

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(From UPI)

The U.S. House of Representatives Tuesday passed a federal prison reform bill aimed at reducing recidivism and allowing inmates to finish their sentences early.

House Representatives voted 360-59 in favor of the First Step Act, sponsored by Reps. Doug Collins, R-Ga., and Hakeem Jeffries, D-N.Y., which looks to establish incentives to decrease the chances an inmate will return to prison after release.

The bill, backed by President Donald Trump, provides $50 million annually to the Bureau of Prisons for the next five years to provide prison programs including education, drug treatment and job skills training.

Prisoners would be permitted to earn time credits for completing programs in order to serve the remainder of their sentences at a halfway house or in home confinement.

It would also require that inmates be housed within 500 miles of their families when possible, ban the shackling of pregnant women and establish the bureau’s provision of feminine hygiene products as needed as law.

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