WFB: Sen. Tom Cotton (R., Ark.) and Sen. John Kennedy (R., La.) announced Friday that several law enforcement and victims’ rights groups support their amendment to criminal justice reform legislation being considered in the Senate.
Cotton has been one of the FIRST STEP Act‘s fiercest opponents, and he said Friday that further changes are needed to “ensure that no violent sex offenders can be eligible for any type of early release.”
“I’m pleased that major law enforcement groups support our amendments to exclude violent felons and sex offenders from early release, notify victims before criminals are released, and to measure whether the First Step Act works. Next week, the Senate will vote on these amendments. I urge my colleagues to support these changes to ensure that no violent sex offenders can be eligible for any type of early release,” Cotton said in a press release.
Kennedy said the bill should not be pushed through Congress before made right. read more