First Step Act Sponsors and Partners

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Senatorial Co-Sponsors

Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn)

Michael Bennett (D-Colo.)

Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.)

Cory Booker (D-N.J.)

Ben Cardin (D-Md.)

Bill Cassidy (R-La.)

Susan Collins (R-Maine)

Christopher Coons (D-Del.)

Steve Daines (R-Montana)

Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.)

Dick Durbin (D-Ill)

Joni Ernst (R-Iowa)

Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.)

Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.)

Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.)

Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa)

Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii)

Doug Jones (D-Ala.)

Angus King (I-Maine)

Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn)

Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.)

Mike Lee (R-Utah)

Jerry Moran (R-Kan.)

Rand Paul (R-Ky.)

Rob Portman (R-Ohio)

Pat Roberts (R-Kan.)

Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii)

Tim Scott (R-S.C.)

Tina Smith (D-Minn.)

Thom Tillis (R-N.C.)

Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.)

Todd Young (R-Ind.)

Advocacy Organizations that Support the First Step Act


2nd Chance Lifesavers

20/20 Bipartisan Justice Center

African Methodist Episcopal Church

Aid to Inmate Mothers

Alabama Arise

Alabama Institute for Social Justice

Alabama Nonviolent Offenders Organization

Alabama Poor People’s Campaign

Alabama Prison Birth Project

Aleph Institute

Alexandria-Fairfax Kappas

American Civil Liberties Union

American Conservative Union

American Legislative Exchange Council Action

Americans For Prosperity

Americans for Tax Reform

Anti-Recidivism Coalition

Ardella House

Arm and Arm

Artist Up

Austin Reentry Advocacy Project

BCD Hoover Treatment Center

Benedict Center

Black Educational Achievement Movement

Black Spades

Butterfly Life Journeys

Brennan Center for Justice

Bridges to Life

Business Roundtable

Calvert Institute for Policy Research

Campaign for Black Male Engagement

CAN-DO Foundation

Capital Area Reentry Program Inc.


Catholic Bishops

Catholic Charities USA

Center for Successful Reentry

Central Arkansas Reentry (CARE) Coalition

Christian Community Development Association

Cincinnati Black United Front

Cities United

Citizens Alliance on Prisons and Public Spending

Citygate Network

Civil Survival

Commonwealth Foundation

Community Shares of Greater Cincinnati

Council for Christian Colleges & Universities

Council of Baptist Pastors of Detroit and Vicinity

Counsel on State Governments Justice Center

Creative Soul

Criminal Justice Ministry

Dave’s Killer Bread Foundation

De-Carcerate Arkansas

Direct Action for Rights and Equality (DARE)

Do4Self + Fine Print

Douglas Leadership Institute

Drive Change NYC

Due Process Institute

Ella Baker Center

EMIT End Incarceration Together

Empower Missouri

Ex-Prisoners and Prisoners Organizing for Community Advancement

End Mass Incarceration Together

Faith and Freedom Coalition

Families Against Mandatory Minimums

Family Reentry


Florida TaxWatch Inc.

Foglight Strategies


From Prison Cells to PhDs

Gathering for Justice

Girls Embracing Mothers (GEM)

Greater Birmingham Ministries

Greenburger Center

Hamilton County Office of Reentry

Healing Communities USA

Heritage Action

Hope For Prisoners

I Am My Community

IMSI Hope Community Phase II

Institute for Prison Ministries

Inmate Support

James Madison Institute

John Howard Association

Just Detention USA

Justice and Serious Mental Illness

Kansas Appleseed

Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity

Kingdom Mission Society

Koch Industries

Ladies Of Hope Ministries

Latinos for Tennessee PAC

Let’s Start

Lifted From the Rut

Louisiana Family Forum

MADE Transitional Services

Maine Women’s Lobby

Magnolias in Transition

Malta Justice Initiative

Maryland Justice Project

Mayor’s Initiative for Reentry Affairs, City of Bridgeport

Mayor’s Office, City of Jackson, MS

Mayor’s Office, Little Rock Arkansas

Michigan United

Minnesota Second Chance Coalition

Miss Abbie’s Kids, Inc.

Mississippi Governor's Office

Missouri CURE

Nation of Second Chances


National Association of Evangelicals

National Association of Homebuilders

National Criminal Justice Association

National Governors Association

National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference

National Incarceration Association

National Latino Evangelical Association

National Urban League

National Prison Summit

Neighborhood Benches

Nevada CURE

New Prospects Church


Offender Alumni Organization

Ohio Association of Formerly Incarcerated Offenders

Ohio Justice and Policy Center

Ohio Offenders Association

Ohio Organizing Collaborative

Ohio State NAACP

Ohio Student Association

Operation Hope

Operation New Hope

Operation Restoration

Osborne Association

Peace Makers

Pelican Institute


Prison Fellowship

Prison Professors LLC

Project Hope To Abolish the Death Penalty

Project Liberation

Project Rebound

Project Restart Reentry

Project Restore Baltimore

Project Return

Promise of Justice Initiative

Public Defender Association

R Street Institute


Real Cost of Prisons Project


Reentry Campus Program

Reinventing Reentry

Resources, Information, Help for the Disadvantaged and Disenfranchised

Restore HER

Returning Home

Right On Crime

Rio Grande Foundation

ROC Wisconsin

Root and Rebound

Shepherd’s Fold

SOAR Career Solutions

Society of St. Vincent de Paul


Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission

Standing and Rebuilding Ministries


Systemic Change of Idaho

Texas Criminal Justice Coalition

Texas CURE

Texas Public Policy Foundation

The Amos Project

The Empowerment Alliance

The Last Mile

The Living Harvest

The Los Angeles Regional Reentry Partnership

The Prisonist Ministries

The Return Project and Big Pictures

The Sentencing Project

The Southern Center for Human Rights

The WIRE (Women Involved in Reentry Efforts)

Turning Point USA

Unlabeled Digital Media

U.S. Chamber of Commerce

U.S. Conference on Mayors

USCCB Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development

US Justice Action Network

Unlock The Vote

Valor Village Foundation


Virginia CURE

Virginia Organizing

Virginia Prison Justice Network

Washington State CURE


Women On The Rise

Women Who Never Give Up

Women With A Vision

Women’s March Michigan

Women Against Registry

Wyoming Children’s Law Center


Law Enforcement Organizations and Individuals that Support the First Step Act

American Correctional Association

Association of Prosecuting Attorneys

Association of State Corrections Administrators

Ken Cuccineli

Former Federal Prosecutors and Senior Government Officials

Fraternal Order of Police

International Association of Chiefs of Police

International Community of Corrections Associations

Kenneth Polite

Law Enforcement Leaders to Reduce Crime and Incarceration

National District Attorneys Association

National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives

Kevin Sharp

Sheriff Donald Ash, Wyandotte County, Kansas

Sheriff Chuck Allen, Washoe County, Nevada

Sheriff Mike Allen, Humboldt County, Nevada

Sheriff Paul Bailey, Berrien County, Michigan

Sheriff Frederick Brown, Hunterdon, New Jersey

Sheriff Mark Cage, Eddy County, New Mexico

Sheriff Norman Chaffins, Grayson County, Kentucky

Sheriff Tony Childress, Livingston County, Illinois

Sheriff Brad Cole, Christian County, Missouri

Sheriff James Cummings, Barnstable County, Massachusetts

Sheriff Danny Diggs, York-Poquoson County, Virginia

Sheriff Kieran Donahue, Canyon County, Idaho

Sheriff Timothy Dunning, Douglas County, Nebraska

Sheriff Ana Franklin, Morgan County Alabama

Sheriff Micah Harman, Lavaca County, Texas

Sheriff Bruce Hartman, Gilpin County, Colorado

Sheriff Thomas Hogdson, Bristol County, Massachusetts

Sheriff Wayne Ivey, Brevard County, Florida

Sheriff Chuck Jenkins, Fredrick County, Maryland

Sheriff Randy Johnson, Jaspar County, Mississippi

Sheriff Cliff Kleinberg, Dakota City, Nebraska

Sheriff Mark Lamb, Pinal County, Arizona

Sheriff Mike Lewis, Wicimico County, Maryland

Sheriff Gary Long, Butts County, Georgia

Sheriff Kenneth Matlack, Morro County, Oregon

Sheriff Joseph McDonald, Plymouth County, Massachusetts

Sheriff Bill Prim, McHenry County, Illinois

Sheriff Fred McKee, Delta County, Colorado

Sheriff Darren Mitchum, Twiggs County, Georgia

Sheriff Mike Moore, Boone County, Arkansas

Sheriff Tim Morse, Jackson County, Kansas

Sheriff James Muller, Adams County, Pennsylvania

Sheriff Mark Napier, Pima County, Arizona

Sheriff Omar Lucio, Cameron County, Texas

Sheriff Sam Page, Rockingham County, North Carolina

Sheriff Steve Reams, Weld County, Colorado

Sheriff Vick Regalalado, Tulsa County, Oklahoma

Sheriff Jeffrey Richards, Franklin County, Kansas

Sheriff Todd Richardson, Davis County, Utah

Sheriff William Risen, La Paz County, Arizona

Sheriff Rob Rotter, Iowa County, Iowa

Sheriff Keith Royal, Nevada City, California

Sheriff Patrick Russo, Rensselaer County, New York

Sheriff Gary Schwartzenberger, McKenzie County, North Dakota

Sheriff Eddie Scott, Clay County, Mississippi

Sheriff Roger Scott, Dekalb County, Illinois

Sheriff Randy Seal, Washington Parish, Louisiana

Sheriff Michael Shepherd, Hancock County, Indiana

Sheriff Michael Slupe, Butler County, Pennsylvania

Sheriff John Spears, Vernon County, Wisconsin

Sheriff Don Taylor, Dixon County, Nebraska

Sheriff Bobbie Vickery, Calhoun County, Texas

Sheriff Jason Watson, Clark County, Arkansas

Sheriff Sharon Wehrley, Nye County, Nevada

Sheriff Troy Wellman, Moody County, South Dakota

Sheriff Carolyn Welsh, Chester County, Pennsylvania

Bret Tolman


Celebrities and Public Figures that Endorse the First Step Act

Tatyana Ali

David Arquette

Christina Arquette

Patricia Arquette

Rosanna Arquette

Brenden Ayanbadejo

Mutah “Napoleon” Beale

Michael Bearden

Aloe Blacc

V. Bozeman

Eric Bolling

Dennis Bradley

Mehcad Brooks

Norman Brown

Scott Budnick

Rosa Clemente

Courtney Cox

Mark Cuban

Keith David

Baron Davis

Tamaya Dennard

Assemblywoman Fernandez

Brad Furman

Peter Gabriel

Adrien Grenier

Archie Gips

Seth Green

Marg Helgenberger

Chelsea Handler

Ryan Hayden

Jessica Jackson-Sloan

Kris Jenner

Robbie Jones

Van Jones

Daniel Dae Kim

Simon Kinberg

Khloe Kardashian

Elder Leslie

Mark Levin

Dawnn Lewis

Louis Lombardi

Brandon McGee

Alyssa Milano

Isabell Murray

Mark Osler

Darrell Padgett

Piper Perabo

Luke Perry

Representative Pittman

Shane Ray

Alicia Reece

Jeff Ross

Frostee Rucker

Anjali Sawhney

Anthony Scaramucci

Vincent Schiraldi

Alicia Silverstone

Esperanza Spalding

Angela Stanton-King

Eric Sterling

Rev. Jolinda Wade

Delanie Walker

Isaiah Washington

Benjamin Watson

Kanye West

Kim-Kardashian West

Jaleel White

Steve Wyche

The Baltimore Ravens


Formerly Incarcerated Activists Who Endorse the First Step Act

Weldon Angelos

Reginald Dwayne Betts Esq.

Joshua Boyer

Norman Brown

Marcus Bullock

Debi Campbel

Monroe Coleman

Craig DeRoche

Andrew Cory Greene

Joshua B. Hoe

Shon Hopwood

Alfonzo Ingram

Tray Johns

Alice Marie Johnson

Bernard B. Kerik

John Koufos

Loretta Fish Liegel

Nina Manning

Glenn E Martin

Syrita Steib-Martin

Richard MacAllastar

Leyla Martinez

Shelton McElroy

Denise C. McCreary

Desmond Meade

Michael Mendoza

Kathy Morse

Pat Nolan

Stephanie Nodd

Justin Paperny

Christopher R. Poulos

Amy Povah

Evans Ray

Louis Reed

Kevin Ring

David Safavian

Topeka K. Sam

Brandon Sample

Shaka Senghor

Melissa Shumsky

Tarra Simmons

Jeffrey Smith

Celeste Wells

Victoria Wylie

Ivy Woolf Turk


Editorial Board Newspaper Endorsements 

Baltimore Sun


Chicago Sun-Times

Chicago Tribune

Christian Science Monitor

Cincinnati Herald

Fox Broadcasting

Houston Chronicle

Lexington Herald Leader

New York Times



Post & Courier (Ky)

Pittsburgh Post-Gazertte

Quad City Times


San Diego Union Tribune

Star Ledger

Star Tribune

St. Louis Post Dispatch

Toledo Blade

USA Today

Wall Street Journal

Washington Examiner

Washington Post