Last year, President Donald Trump signed the First Step Act into law. This legislation creates reforms in the criminal justice system to save taxpayer dollars, decrease the crime rate and help those looking for a new start at life.
North Carolina lawmakers are following that example by introducing their own version of criminal justice reform – the North Carolina First Step Act. A second bill, the Second Chances Act, is also under consideration.
Both are a great step toward making our communities safer, easing the burden on taxpayers and ensuring that the punishment truly fits the crime in North Carolina.
Our state’s mandatory minimum sentences force judges to put low-level offenders in prison for decades. This drives up the prison population and costs but does not increase public safety or address the root of the problem.
Tell lawmakers to support the North Carolina First Step Act and Second Chances Act!