The FIRST STEP Act is all but a finality now. In fact, possibly by the time you read this message, President Trump will have signed it into law. On Tuesday, the Senate passed it with a vote of 86-12 and yesterday, the House passed it by a vote of 358-36. According to CNN, President Trump is expected to sign the bill into law Friday (today) in the Oval Office.
While we know the bill isn’t perfect and most of us are excluded (myself included), I am still happy for several of the things that it has put into play. Obviously, the good time fix is a big deal, but coming from a medical center, seeing dozens of people being denied compassionate release for no reason is heartbreaking. That is a huge bonus there, as well as the ability to transfer closer to home.
Thanks to our friend, Brandon Sample at Sentencing.net, your family can view an entire analysis of each section of the bill. The entire website address is http://www.sentencing.net/legislation/first-step-act.
This time of year is a tough time for everybody. One of the few perks is getting a holiday gift bag. We received ours at MCFP Springfield yesterday and although the complaints over the size (or rather lack of) every year is always repeated, seeing everybody get together and work out trades or just donations shows that this is the season of giving.
I just wanted to take this time to send a brief message to tell everyone who has made this blog possible thank you for all your support. While we are nowhere near where I would’ve liked to have been by the end of the year, I have nothing to be ashamed of.
Thank you all for sharing the word as we strive to help everyone (not just sex offenders) from successfully reintegrating back into society. During this next week or so, call, email or send a letter or card to your friends and family. Sometimes the reason nobody receives mail is because the other party is waiting on you to take the first step. It’s like dating. Nothing will happen unless you make it happen. So the friend you haven’t talked to in years, just send them a card saying Merry Christmas or Happy Holidays. You never know, it may renew a friendship that you thought might have been lost.
Also, while most of us struggle ourselves with money, you’d be surprised how much it adds up. If you’ve been down for 10 years and say you get just $50 a month, that’s $6,000! The BOP provides you everything for free. Sometimes its our greediness that takes over and makes us feel victimized. While we have everything provided, many families aren’t that fortunate.
If you really want to make the different in somebody’s life this holiday season, check with your institution, specifically Religious Services to see if they can hold a food drive. Sometimes it is just to help out the less fortunate in the institution, sometimes, they will donate it to a local food bank.
I just hope everyone takes the time to think about others and think how you can make a difference. Due to Tuesday being Christmas, there will be no post. Our next post will be next Friday.
Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Happy Kwanzaa, whatever you celebrate, Happy Holidays from all of us at #BackSoSoon!
#BackSoSoon is a blog dedicated to helping sex offenders successfully reintegrate back into society. Our Corrlinks address is firstname.lastname@example.org and our website is www.backsosoonblog.com.