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Letter to Members of the U.S. Senate: “First Step Act of 2018”

By at 3 December, 2018, 5:48 pm

Dear Member of the United States Senate:

On behalf of the Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council (SBE Council), I am writing to express our organization’s strong support for the “First Step Act of 2018” (S.3649).  SBE Council and our more than 100,000 members and supporters nationwide urge the Senate to act on this bipartisan legislation before the 115th Congress comes to a close.

The solutions promoted within the First Step Act will have a positive impact on the lives of incarcerated individuals, as well as for our economy and small businesses across America. Providing inmates within the federal prison system with incentives to participate in training and rehabilitative programs will help prepare them to re-enter society and the workforce. America’s businesses are in desperate need of workers, and initiatives that help bolster the pool of potential employees are appreciated by entrepreneurs who have explored every possible option to find the workers they need to compete and grow.

The First Step Act provides common sense reforms that will help federal prisoners prepare to engage upon their release. SBE Council knows first-hand that incarcerated individuals have a great interest in educational opportunities, as we frequently receive letters from inmates requesting information and technical advice for starting a business. Of course, it is well documented that educational programs reduce recidivism, which is a huge benefit of this legislation.

Beyond the practical benefits of the First Step Act, its humane reforms reflect America’s hopeful and compassionate character. Please support this important legislation.

Sincerely,

Karen Kerrigan, President & CEO

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