Senator Tom Cotton of Arkansas is working hard to influence his fellow Republicans from supporting a bi-partisan prison reform initiative. He is dividing the Republican caucus, claiming that senators who are in support of the act will be helping sex offenders, a tactic known to kill an opponent’s political career.
The First Step Act is criminal justice reform legislation supported by legislators of both parties and by the President. Though very narrow in scope, it is an important first step.
Republican Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina has harshly criticized Senator Cotton and the other Republican hold-outs and called for the bill to be brought to the floor for a vote. NARSOL has joined Senator Graham in this appeal and issued this press release stating our position.