Education and Workforce BRT Letter in Support of FIRST STEP Act and Meaningful Criminal Justice Reform

Dec 17, 2018

The Honorable Mitch McConnell 

Majority Leader

United States Senate

317 Russell Senate Office Building  

Washington, DC 20510


The Honorable Chuck Schumer

Democratic Leader

United States Senate

322 Hart Senate Office Building 

Washington, DC 20510


The Honorable Paul Ryan

Speaker

House of Representatives

1233 Longworth House Office Building 

Washington, DC 20515


The Honorable Nancy Pelosi 

Democratic Leader

House of Representatives 

233 Cannon House Office Building

Washington, DC 20515


Dear Leaders:  

On behalf of the more than 200 CEO members of Business Roundtable, we write in strong support of the FIRST STEP Act and meaningful criminal justice reform. We encourage the House and Senate to send this bipartisan bill to the President’s desk for signature before Congress adjourns for the year.  

CEOs especially support the provisions that would grant greater access to in-prison education and workforce training. Creating more pathways to a career will benefit those re-entering society, their families and their communities. 

The bipartisan approach toward criminal justice reform demonstrates the ability of members of Congress to come together on issues that benefit individuals – in this case, former prisoners – and society at large. 

The sensible changes as included in the FIRST STEP Act would help reduce recidivism and ease re-entry into society for those formerly incarcerated.

Sincerely,


Jamie Dimon

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer 

JPMorgan Chase & Co.

Chairman 

Business Roundtable


Wes Bush

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

Northrop Grumman Corporation

Chair, Education and Workforce Committee

Business Roundtable  


Download the letter here.