Roll Call
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The FIRST STEP Act would provide a modest incentive structure to eligible prisoners to earn time credits for successfully completing this programming and showing concrete progress toward reducing their risk of recidivism. Prison reform, and criminal justice reform more broadly, have been tried and proven effective at the state level since the “war on drugs” laws of the 1990s have proven ineffective. The lower recidivism rates resulting from these policies enhance public safety, while simultaneously saving taxpayer dollars and returning dignity and sense of worth to all Americans. This movement has been largely led by traditionally conservative states with similarly conservative governors, such as Texas, Georgia, and South Carolina and in more recent years Oklahoma, Missouri, and Kentucky. The FIRST STEP Act brings many of these reforms to the federal level with the goal of reducing recidivism and enhancing public safety.