WASHINGTON – Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) issued the following statement with respect to the substantive input from certain law enforcement organizations in the revised First Step Act released today.
“When we set out to update and reform our criminal justice system, we sought the expertise from a broad range of stakeholders and advocates. Our focus has always been to reduce crime and recidivism and improve fairness in a way that promotes safety and respect for the law. We could not have done this without the essential input from a number of key law enforcement organizations that partnered with us in this endeavor.
“The Fraternal Order of Police, the International Association of Chiefs of Police and National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives played a formative role in the updated text we released earlier today. Their continued leadership and good faith engagement have cut a path forward on a once-in-a-generation chance to improve American justice. I’d also like to thank the National District Attorneys Association, the Association of Prosecuting Attorneys and Law Enforcement Leaders to Reduce Crime and Incarceration, who gave valuable input on this bill. Their engagement offered important law enforcement perspective in the initial stages of our work.
“While some groups have chosen to stay on the sidelines or even undermine our work, these organizations have provided us with critical feedback needed to refine and strengthen the First Step Act. They have helped to advance law enforcement priorities and the goals of reform.
“With President Trump’s continued leadership, the wealth of input from voices across the political spectrum, and Senator McConnell’s work in bringing this up for a vote, I look forward to getting this bill signed into law.”
The Fraternal Order of Police and International Association of Chiefs of Police also spoke to their work to further strengthen the First Step Act in a statement.