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The newly confirmed attorney general defended policies in the 1990s that sent more people to prison. Will he repeat his mistakes?
Those who are unable to pay end up in debt to the state, which can lead to significant consequences from lowering an individual’s credit score to making it harder to apply for public housing.
"I will faithfully implement the law," the attorney general nominee testified.
The making of a historic criminal justice reform bill
The FIRST STEP Act marks progress toward reducing mass incarceration
In a major announcement, Mitch McConnell said he'll bring the FIRST STEP Act up for a vote this month. The bipartisan bill would be the biggest reform of our justice system in a generation, and would move us closer to ending mass incarceration.
Both Republicans and Democrats are pushing Mitch McConnell to hold a vote on the FIRST STEP Act
New legislation would address several laws responsible for increasing racial disparities in our prison system
It would mark a crucial first step toward reducing federal mass incarceration
Though the president supports some criminal justice reform, his rhetoric works against that effort