When the First Step Act was signed into law last December, we saw a ripple of hope spread through nearly 200,000 people currently incarcerated in federal prisons across America. The passage of that bill didn't just mean that thousands of incarcerated people would soon be released from federal custody and reunited with family. It also laid out a pathway for additional reforms in Congress and state capitals nationwide.
A diverse, bipartisan coalition came together to advocate for the First Step Act—considered one of the most transformative reforms to the federal prison system in more than a decade. At #cut50, we fought alongside formerly incarcerated leaders who joined us on Capitol Hill to share their personal experiences with the prison system because we know that the people closest to the problem are also closest to the solution, but furthest from resources and power.