GAINESVILLE, Ga. — Jentezen Franklin, senior pastor of Free Chapel, releases the following statement celebrating the criminal justice reform package that passed in the U.S. Senate:
“What has happened this week in the U.S. Senate is nothing short of monumental. Republicans and Democrats, people from a wide range of the ideological spectrum, fought hard to see our criminal justice system reformed. And now, the First Step Act has cleared its hurdle in the Senate — overwhelmingly.
It’s been an honor to be a part of these conversations in Washington D.C. and I’m thankful for the hard work the President and members of both parties have done to make this a priority. We believe we can keep our communities safe and also be a people that believe in redemption. Our prisons need to be places of rehabilitation, and the First Step Act gets us one step closer to that dream.
This week, God has given us a special moment in our nation’s history. There is hope for unity and bipartisan reform in these polarizing and divisive times. Americans are hungry for serious work to be done in this country. Legislators and activists of every political persuasion have shown that when they put aside what’s political expedient, there is more common ground than we think.”
Pastor Jentezen Franklin is the Senior Pastor of Free Chapel, a multi campus church. Each week his television program Kingdom Connection is broadcast on major networks all over the world. A New York Times best-selling author, Jentezen has written nine books including his most recent, Love Like You’ve Never Been Hurt, the groundbreaking Fasting and Right People-Right Place-Right Plan. Jentezen and his wife Cherise have been married 31 years, have five children and four grandchildren, and make their home in Gainesville, Georgia.