The United States of America has one of the best prison systems in the world.

It takes care of its prisoners and many of them have opportunities for parole are rehabilitation.

The issue of prison reform is something that is long spoken on but rarely acted up.

This past week the President gave his approval on a bill that is intended to overhaul and reform the federal prison system.

The bill also allows for some prisoners to get help to return to normal life once they are.

However, the Senate may have a different plan in place to derail this overhaul bill.

The bipartisan bill in the early stages of development was made up by the Republican Doug Collins, from the state of Georgia, and a Democrat from New York named Hakeem Jeffries.

This first draft of the bill passed with really no opposition in the House this past May.

There were only a few minor changes that needed to be made but those were handled fairly quickly and without much effort.

The second version of the bill has some things in it that may spark some debate later on.

The bill calls for reform measures when it comes to sentencing.

The new version does have some support from Senators that would like to see the sentencing procedures changed for the better.

In order to for the bill to pass the way it is written means that the Senate will have to debate and reform the bill and vote on it by year-end.

Many of the supporters of the bill are looking and hoping that President Trump will give it his full support.

President Trump has had as his campaign theme and focus that law and the rule of law should be paramount in the life of a nation.

The President has stated in agreement with the bill, “Today I’m thrilled to announce my support for this bipartisan bill that will make our communities safer and give former inmates a second chance at life after they have served their time. I urge lawmakers in both (the) House and Senate to work hard and to act quickly and send a final bill to my desk, and I look very much forward to signing it.”

The bill provides guidance to the Federal Bureau of Prisons to take a look at their inmates and determine which ones would be able to earn credit to completing their term under house arrest or in some other venue.

The bill will also allow some inmates to find work while incarcerated and allows for those that are terminally ill to be released early to take care of final matters.

Also, the old third time offenders for drug issues would no longer mandate life sentences.

It would make the life sentence a 25-year term.

Mitch McConnell is asking for supporters of the bill to wait until the elections on November 6 are completed.

He has assured supporters that he will make it a top priority when the Senate comes back after the election if indeed there were enough votes to pass it.

FAMM is a group that supports prison reform and within the criminal justice arena.

Kevin Ring is currently the president of the group, and he has stated that the bill, “will keep more families together, strengthen communities, and keep crime low.”

The Senator from Iowa, Charles Grassley, would like to see the bill changed to reduce harsh sentences for inmates reduced some in severity for non-violent crimes.

He stated the First Step Act was, “an important step in our shared effort to promote safe communities and improve justice … by ensuring that punishments fit the crimes, we can better balance the scales of justice.

There has been some critics of the bill that claim that some punishments would not be as severe as they need to be in order to deter would be offenders and punish current offenders.

And yet the White House remains in support of the bill as they claim that with both parties supporting and contributing that they are paving the way for people to talk about prisoner reform in the years to come.

54 thoughts on “Trump Overhauls the Prison System

  1. Totally in favor. Drop “felon,” return the right to vote; eliminate prison terms when rehab is really what is needed. With cleared names the former prisoners would be able to obtain better housing and better jobs. NOT 5-year sentences for a minor parole violation; check to see if the one being sentenced is being set up/framed for the violation. Better food and better medical care. Payment to inmates who are working for the State actually with payment into SS on behalf of the inmates. Working for the state while in prison with no pay is no better than slavery. It’s past time for some serious reform and I’m happy such a bill is being considered.

  2. I gave you my comment; retain it. I do not know what you want when you ask for a website. I, personally, do NOT have one; thus I can NOT contribute what I do NOT have. I am in favor of heavy reform in the prison system and gave a few of the items needing changing in my earlier post. Thank you.

  3. If a person murders then he should be excited. In today’s time if someone murdered a spouse or child your gonna have family members attempting to murder them when justiste is not served. Drug dealers giving drugs to young children that may and have at times killed them. Or even adults die from them. We need tougher sentences. How many times have we let someone who has raped or killed. Suppose to be in support help groups and turn around and do the same thing again. We need tougher judges and stop giving them a slap on the wrist. We can’t let them out to work they skip and you don’t see them again till they have harmed someone else. This world is evil out there today. I don’t care if their the best prisoner you have there there to be punished not get joy rides.

  4. If you return these people to society, who is going to employ them. Everything that goes along with drugs would have to be controlled also. What about the theft, Guns, and other crimes that got them the drugs in the first place. Do you want them to come into your company and corrupt others around them. Rehabilitation does it really happen. What Happens when they encounter the same situation that put them in prison in the first place?


  6. They do not need to spend money on this. No wonder the prisoners keep committing crimes, they are pampered . Put the money in Social Security . People are barely making it.

  7. Non violent drug sellers should be evaluated on if they were caught before and if they were in any drugs selling to children near schools or otherwise. Or has any record of child abuse. This is my opinion. they should be offered rehabitation from drugs if they did not involve children second offence long prison sentences. Protect the children.

  8. I believe Blackstone said “Undue kindness to the bad is unkindness to the good.” When the bad keep getting “a break” and the good are left with their suffering for the actions of the bad, how do you expect them to have confidence their government will cause a deterrent effect to keep it from happening again? Three strikes and you are out is not a bad thing. Our government can not care any less about the true victims of crime. The ones that do go to jail get to stay in “Club Fed” and are treated like “clients.” We need unkindness to the bad, and make damages to victims truly collectable, and non dischargeable in Bankruptcy for the thugs.

  9. Prison reform is definitely needed. I personally feel that inmates should receive job training and perhaps the last year of their incarceration should have jobs outside the prison. Many sentences are way too long for the crime they were convicted of. Yes, we do need punishment for crimes but we also need rehabilitation for the inmate which would also involve their families when the families were willing to be involved. There would be no private prisons if this were not a money making deal. Our prison system should not be lining the pockets of these people. Any and all money designated for prisons should be used to rehabilitate and properly house the inmates. The outside business community should be involved with job training and supervision when the inmate is placed with their business.

  10. I believe prison reform for offenders dealknh with mental health isdies, non-violent and/or drug related crimes which have basis of burglary, robbery and other related offenses is the most sensible way of dealing with our crowded jails and prisons. When a person is primarily commuting crimes due to untreated drug abuse or mental health issues and the medical/pharma platform is to treat the symptoms with more drugs but completely fails tp find the root of the cause we have become complacent to ignore the healing of the soul where the root dwells dormant. I applaud the bipartisan efforts and President Trump for their efforts to reform our prison laws. We are on our way to make AGA

  11. The system already rewards the Rich and those that are Politically connected so we must maintain severe punishments and life so be life.

  12. I would like to meet with him as I am involved with problems that have a lot to do with the legal system and see a lot of it that can be helped. My problem for one and to fix it is going in the same direction and eventually will be in the same arena. i can be called anytime 561-598-2694 Mark Kane

  13. Help teach new trades to inmates and helped to return to public with education for opportunities to make a living legally

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