[Statement] Ronnie Floyd: FIRST STEP Act offers prisoners an opportunity for restitution and restoration

SPRINGDALE, Ark. — Dr. Ronnie Floyd, president of the National Day of Prayer Task Force, issues the following statement:

“If there’s a group of people who should believe in the power of forgiveness and second chances, it’s Christians. We have been forgiven beyond measure by God, and we know that same forgiveness is available to everyone else, including people who have made mistakes in life.

“This is why the FIRST STEP Act is in many ways a reflection of the gospel. It offers prisoners an opportunity for restitution and restoration. But we also need to remember that nobody really goes to prison alone. Every prisoner is someone’s son or someone’s daughter, someone’s father or someone’s mother. When someone is sent to prison, the whole family pays the price for the crime.

“This act, therefore, goes beyond offering an opportunity to prisoners for a second chance at life. It offers families an opportunity for a second chance at being a family. I’m delighted the Senate has made such a strong statement on this issue. There’s nothing our nation needs more right now than love and forgiveness in action.”

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Dr. Ronnie Floyd is the senior pastor of Cross Church and president of the National Day of Prayer Task Force, which each year mobilizes millions of Americans to unified public prayer for the United States of America. He’s the author of Living Fit: Make Your Life Count by Pursuing a Healthy You.” Follow him on Twitter @ronniefloyd.