Together, we can take the first step towards fixing the broken criminal justice system!

Take your first step. Please sign below.

9,868 People Signed
GOAL: 10,000

With 180,000 people incarcerated in federal prisons, our prison population is growing at an astonishing rate and taking up a larger and larger share of resources. We would be better off investing in treatment, education, housing, and other social services that actually reduce crime and keep our communities safe.   Our prisons have become warehouses often leaving people more traumatized and with fewer opportunities than when they entered. The FIRST STEP Act will ensure that people have the support they need to come home from prison job ready.

Will you sign on to support?

You are signing this petition to stand against the injustice of America’s broken criminal justice system. It will be delivered to the U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. Senate and President Donald Trump. When you click on "Sign & Call Now" we will ring your number and walk you through the process of calling your representatives!


(202) 224-3121


Tell your member of Congress you support the FIRST STEP Act because it will:


  • Ban the shackling of women during childbirth.
  • Place people within 500 driving miles of their families.
  • Important provisions for women, children and families.
  • Provide major incentives to pursue life-changing classes.
  • Requires the BOP to assist with obtaining IDs prior to release.
  • Give people in prison who are elderly or terminally ill a pathway home.
  • Allow formerly incarcerated people to serve as volunteers and mentors.
  • Give thousands of men and women an opportunity to come home sooner.
  • Authorizes $250 million over five years for development and expansion of programs.



Can you call your member of Congress today and ask them to take the first step towards fixing our broken criminal justice system by voting YES on the FIRST STEP Act?

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Nancy Ferneau- 25 Year Sentence

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David Barren- 30 Year Sentence

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Supporting Organizations

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Central Illinois All of Us or None

Cities United

Direct Action For Rights and Equality

End Mass Incarceration Together

From Prison Cells to PhD

Gathering for Justice


The Los Angeles Regional Reentry Partnership (LARRP)

Nation Outside


Ohio Association of Formerly Incarcerated Offenders

Project Restart Reentry

Reentry Central

Shepherd's Fold


Texas Public Policy Foundation

Toni Bunton, L.L.C.

Women on the Rise


And these individuals:

Anjali Sawhney

Darrell Padgett

Dawud Bey

Eric Sterling

Isabell Murray

Norman Brown

Rory Fleming

Shelton McElroy

Shaka Senghor

Vinny Schiraldi

Weldon Angelos