Monique Brown Invited by President Trump to Attend First Step Act Conference

Monique Brown Invited by President Trump to Attend First Step Act Conference

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In December 2018, President Donald J. Trump signed into law the First Step Act, marking the first major reforms to our criminal justice system in over a decade. Jim and Monique Brown were invited to attend. Jared Kushner spearheaded efforts to get the bi-partisan support needed to push it over the line. He was a major influence in the President’s supporting the bill.


And last week Monique attended a follow up meeting in Washington, D.C. 


Pro Football Hall of Fame sat down with Monique when she returned from Washington, D.C.

For over 25 years, Jim and I have been working to combat violence, alleviate poverty, and bring opportunity to our community. Through the Amer-I-Can program we have trained thousands of formerly incarcerated, gang affiliated, and traumatized individuals to recognize and claim their right to self-determination. 

Through our work, we have also fought for policy change and systems transformation to make our criminal legal system more just, more fair, and more compassionate. 

Jim and I met with President Trump last December  and asked him to support the First Step Act, a bipartisan bill. We chose to use our voices, our platform, to echo the collective push for criminal justice reform. 

We see this as our duty, and through the Amer-I-Can program and our advocacy we will continue to fight for justice and opportunity for our community.

  • The First Step Act enacted commonsense reforms to make our justice system fairer and help inmates successfully transition back into society.
  • President Trump remains committed to building on this success and continuing the great work achieved by this legislation.

OFFERING A SECOND CHANCE: Inmates across the country are getting a second chance thanks to the First Step Act.

  • The First Step Act is providing prisoners with a second chance through rehabilitative programs, fair sentencing, and smart confinement.
  • Over 16,000 inmates are enrolled in a drug treatment program offered as part of the robust drug treatment strategy managed by the Bureau of Prisons (BOP).
    • To date, BOP has assessed over 400 inmates for participation in Medication Assisted Treatment programs designed to aid in their recovery.
  • The First Step Act provided the opportunity for sentencing relief for certain defendants who received mandatory minimum sentences prior to the Fair Sentencing Act of 2010.
    • 721 defendants have received sentence reductions, 573 of which have resulted in inmates being released.
  • The First Step Act expanded avenues for eligible elderly and terminally ill prisoners to get their sentences reduced by allowing for their motions to be directly filed with the courts.
  • The First Step Act authorized eligible low-risk and elderly inmates to be transferred to home confinement when possible.
  • The legislation also advised BOP to place inmates within 500 driving miles of home when possible.
  • President Trump’s fiscal year 2020 Budget proposes over $500 million for various Federal programs to help prisoners succeed in society after their release, including:
    • $234 million for the Department of Justice to support reentry programs, inmate education, and occupational training programs.
    • $78 million for the Department of Labor to improve employment outcomes for formerly incarcerated adults and young adults.
  • In 2019, the Department of Education will provide $28 million for a Pell grant pilot program to help eligible incarcerated Americans pursue postsecondary education.
  • These initiatives are intended to help reduce the rate of recidivism and offer prisoners the support they need for life after incarceration.


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