DALLAS — Jason Yates, CEO of My Faith Votes, issues the following statement:
“The FIRST STEP Act is about breaking hopeless cycles. It has broken the cycle of partisan dysfunction in Washington, passing with overwhelming support from both parties. More importantly, its reforms aim to break cycles of recidivism among federal prisoners, to hold them accountable to step out of chronic patterns of criminality and provide them with the tools and treatment to overcome past offenses and become thriving members of society.
“My Faith Votes has prayerfully supported the bill and encouraged thousands of Christians to contact their senators to encourage a ‘yes’ vote. We praise God for the opportunity faith leaders have had to bring the influence of our Christian faith into this legislation, many of its key components marked by echoes of the incomprehensible grace and redemption pictured in the Gospel of Christ. All Americans can be grateful Congress worked together to deliver these reforms, and grateful for an administration that, from beginning to end, championed the bill because it is genuinely interested in second chances for those who’ve made mistakes and are committed to putting their lives on the right path.”
My Faith Votes is a nonpartisan movement focused on motivating Christians in America to participate in local and domestic elections. By partnering with local churches, pastors and national faith leaders, My Faith Votes mobilizes and resources Christians to lead the conversation on the place of faith in culture and politics. Gov. Mike Huckabee serves as the organization’s honorary national chairman.