In one of the most surprising moments of Donald Trump’s tenure as President, the U.S. Senate has just passed a new Criminal Justice Reform bill by an unprecedented margin.
The overwhelming support of The First Step Act appears to largely be attributed to President Trump’s stamp of approval, who has publicly endorsed the bill over the last few months. As part of the reform, the bill proposes that inmates should get more considerations for good behavior, providing them with more training and work opportunities that allow them to earn money for post-release expenses.
Additionally, the bill is set to strengthen programs that help the reintegration of prisoners back into society, while implementing a ban of shackling pregnant women. Perhaps its greatest significance, however, is that the legislation would relax some mandatory-minimum sentences, mostly on drug charges and non-violent crimes.
In regards to what may have influenced President Trump’s approval, many speculate that his son-in-law, Jared Kushner, played a major role in making the bill a priority. Additionally, Kim Kardashian is being credited for the impact she had on the President during their meeting back in September.