Jewish Journal Asks: First Step or Last Step?
Date:  01-03-2019

First Step's inclusion of assessment tools seen as problematic, especially for African-Americans
From Jewish Journal:

The White House is seen with the Washington Monument (L) behind it and the Jefferson Memorial (R) in Washington. REUTERS/ It seems as if all of political D.C. has broken out in song over the First Step Act of 2018. Finally, a bipartisan piece of legislation that not only passed both houses of Congress but also was signed by President Donald Trump. This law-and-order president signed criminal justice reform legislation that was put forward by conservative Republicans and also embraced by liberals such as Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.).

It’s not hard to understand why there is a desire to celebrate. In a month that included two children dying while in the custody of U.S. Customs and Border Protection; Trump glorifying the government shutdown because $5 billion wasn’t earmarked for his border wall; Border Patrol officers shooting tear gas into a crowd that included pregnant women and children; U.S. culpability in the ongoing Saudi massacre in Yemen being revealed to the American public; and an early spring cleaning of Trump administration officials, we all need something to celebrate.

We have to ask, however, should we celebrate this bill? Continue reading >>>