Washington D.C., Aug 7, 2018 / 02:14 am
The largest global Christian prison ministry is applauding reports that U.S. President Donald Trump has signaled a willingness to include sentencing reform measures in a pending prison bill.
"We're very pleased," said Craig DeRoche, senior vice president for advocacy and public policy at the nonprofit ministry Prison Fellowship.
"There's widespread consensus that these [sentencing reform proposals] are changes that bring the system more in line with what law enforcement even and the courts would consider proportionate punishment for what people have done," he told CNA.
Last week, The Hill reported that Trump had voiced support during a meeting of Republican senators for a compromise proposal that would introduce several sentencing reform provisions into the First Step Act. The provisions include a reduction in mandatory-minimum prison sentences for nonviolent drug offenses.