As with any attempts to transform the criminal justice system, the First Step Act is complicated. While we rejoice that several thousand people will likely be treated more humanely, and some released slightly sooner, because of this legislation, we also stand in solidarity with those opposed to this act. We wonder with them if this will actually be a first, or last, step? Will we congratulate ourselves on having an impact on ~10 % of the prison industrial complex population while 2 million people, their families and friends still wait to be treated with dignity and respect?
Please read some of the articles and statements below to begin understanding the response to this current work.
Congress just passed the most significant criminal justice reform bill in decades - Vox News
First Step Act has Sinister Implications for the Poor and Marginalized - Truth Out
Movement for Black Lives Statement
JustLeadershipUSA statement - signed by the UUA
November post of several articles on the First Step Act
We will continue to work for more radical and complete change and hope you will join us in the struggle.
What this is about
Learning asks us to change – so that the world might be a place for all are free to thrive