U.S. Senate Action on Criminal Justice Reform is Welcome News, Says Advocate for Entrepreneurs

By at 11 December, 2018, 4:23 pm


For Immediate Release

Washington, D.C. – Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council (SBE Council) president & CEO Karen Kerrigan issued the following statement in response to an announcement by U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) that the Senate will act on criminal justice reform before the close of the 115th session of Congress.

“Especially during the holiday season, the news is especially welcome that members of the U.S. Senate have resolved to move forward on the First Step Act. The legislation will have a positive impact on the lives of incarcerated individuals, their families, as well as for our economy and small businesses across America. Helping inmates better prepare to re-enter society and the workforce, and providing incentives and rehabilitative programs to do so will reduce recidivism and help to address the shortage of workers in the U.S.  Initiatives to bolster the pool of potential employees are most definitely appreciated by entrepreneurs who have explored every possible option to find the workers they need to compete and grow. Beyond the practical benefits of the First Step Act, its reforms reflect America’s hopeful and compassionate character. SBE Council looks forward to completed action on the legislation, and President Trump’s signature before the end of the year.”

Read SBE Council’s December 3, 2018 letter to all U.S. Senators urging support for and action on the “First Step Act of 2018.”

CONTACT:  Karen Kerrigan,

SBE Council is a nonpartisan, nonprofit advocacy, research and education organization that works to protect small business and promote entrepreneurship. For nearly 25 years SBE Council has worked to successfully implement a range of policy and private sector initiatives to strengthen the ecosystem for startups and small business growth. To learn more, visit SBE Council’s website: Follow on Twitter: @SBECouncil 



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