FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
December 18, 2018
Contact: Press@paul.senate.gov, 202-224-4343
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Tonight, U.S. Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) applauded the U.S. Senate’s passage of the First Step Act (S. 756), a bipartisan sentencing and prison reform bill. The bill passed by a vote of 87-12 and is headed to the U.S. House for passage before being sent to President Trump’s desk, where he is expected to sign this important legislation into law.
Since arriving in the U.S. Senate in 2011, Senator Paul has been passionate about reforming a broken criminal justice system. Having introduced countless bipartisan bills in previous Congresses and once again in this Congress, Senator Paul will continue to advocate for more change on this matter across the political aisle.
“As a leading voice for criminal justice reform who has introduced and cosponsored nearly a dozen bipartisan bills to fix the problems that still plague our justice system, and someone who has loudly and successfully pushed for getting this important piece of legislation to the Senate floor for a vote, I am absolutely thrilled with tonight’s passage of the First Step Act,” said Sen. Paul. “True to its name, this prison and sentencing reform bill is a much-needed first step toward shifting our focus to rehabilitation and reentry of offenders, rather than taking every person who ever made a mistake with drugs, locking them up, and throwing away the key.”