President Donald Trump signed into law a landmark criminal justice reform bill dubbed the First Step Act, on Dec. 21.
[US President, Donald Trump]
They said that conservatives won't approve it. They said the Liberals won't approve it. They said nobody's going to approve it. Everybody's gonna be against it. Everybody worked so hard on this and I look at you know behind me I said this is a cross section of everybody in our country.
The bill gives judges more discretion when sentencing drug and lower-level offenders while also reducing the recidivism risks of prisoners by expanding on programs such as job training.
It passed the House of Representatives a day ago by a landslide vote of 358 to 36.