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Washington D.C.
Senate Passes Cornyn-Backed Criminal Justice Reform
Press Release
Tuesday, December 18, 2018

WASHINGTON—Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) made the following remarks on the Senate floor prior to the Senate passing the First Step Act, criminal justice reform legislation largely based on his prison reform bill:  

“We've seen these changes implemented across the country at the state level, including my home state of Texas, which has yielded incredible results.” 

“We can be smarter on crime and produce better results at a lower cost, and that message and those things that have followed have been enormously successful.” 

“By investing in these education and training programs - these recidivism reduction programs - we can ensure that people who get out of prison, more of them will actually stay out of prison.” 

“This bill is our opportunity to make meaningful changes in our criminal justice system. An opportunity to begin fixing a problem that plagues our country and our opportunity to take a model that's been working in the states for more than a decade and use it to benefit all Americans.”  

Senator John Cornyn, a Republican from Texas, is a member of the Senate Finance, Intelligence, and Judiciary Committees.

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