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Cotton Statement on Criminal Justice Reform Floor Debate

December 11, 2018

Washington, D.C. -Senator Tom Cotton (R-Arkansas) today released the following statement on the plan to bring the First Step Act to the Senate floor:

"For months I've said the First Step Act allows violent felons and sex offenders to be released early. I'm pleased the drafters have finally acknowledged that reality and made changes to address some of the specific issues I pointed out. Unfortunately, the bill still has major problems and allows early release for many categories of serious, violent criminals. This includes felons who commit violent bank robberies with dangerous weapons, who assault children, and who commit carjacking with the intent to cause death. I look forward to debating this bill on the Senate floor and introducing amendments to address its many remaining threats to public safety."

Crimes still eligible for early release in the latest version of the bill:

1. Bank robbery with a dangerous weapon (18 U.S.C. § 2113(d))
2. Assault against a child (18 U.S.C. § 113(a)(5))
3. Carjacking with intent to cause death (18 U.S.C. 2119(1))