It’s long been assumed that Democrats were the only ones who care about prison reform and reforming the criminal justice system in general but lately it’s become more and more obvious that’s not the case. President Trump clearly cares about treating everyone fairly and that was evident when he met with Kim Kardashian and ended up freeing Alice Johnson.
It’s possible to be tough on crime while also being compassionate. There is absolutely common ground there and Trump is clearly doing his best to find that common ground.
This week, he introduced a plan to try and address the complicated and controversial issue.
From Fox News:
President Trump threw his support behind a bipartisan bill to reform federal sentencing guidelines Wednesday, which he said would “reduce crime while giving our fellow citizens a chance at redemption.”
“We’re all better off when former inmates can receive and re-enter society as law-abiding, productive citizens,” Trump said in brief remarks in the Roosevelt Room of the White House. “And thanks to our booming economy, they now have a chance at more opportunities than they’ve ever had before.”
The so-called First Step Act, the first major rewrite of the nation’s criminal justice sentencing laws in a generation, will boost rehabilitation efforts for federal prisoners and give judges more discretion when sentencing nonviolent offenders, particularly for drug offenses. In particular, the bill lowers the mandatory minimum sentence for non-violent repeat drug offenders from 25 to 20 years, reduces mandatory minimums for other crimes from 20 to 15 years, and makes no distinction between powder cocaine and crack cocaine.
There are some who don’t support this move but Trump has never been a guy who cares about partisanship. He’s always gone with his gut and tried to do what he thinks is right and that’s the case here.
Diamond & Silk are glad the president is tackling this tough issue and they explained why in a Facebook video.
And also on Twitter.
Hard to argue with that.
Trump won’t get any credit for tackling this tough issue either. The left will find a way to demonize him for it. Luckily, he couldn’t care less.