Senator David Perdue Announces Support For Improved First Step Act

Offers Solutions To Strengthen Criminal Justice System

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator David Perdue (R-GA) announces his support for the improved version of the First Step Act: 

“The First Step Act is a bipartisan solution that will improve our criminal justice system at the federal level. After working closely with the Trump Administration, we were able to address several concerns that I have had with certain provisions. For years, Georgia has been leading the nation in reducing recidivism, providing drug rehabilitation, and increasing job training opportunities in our state prison system. These efforts are clearly paying dividends in our state, and we now have an opportunity to make similar changes at the federal level. The improved First Step Act will help make our federal prison system fair to all, while still providing severe deterrents to criminal behavior. President Trump and Chairman Grassley deserve a great deal of credit for their work to bring equity and reason to our justice system, along with Congressman Doug Collins who spearheaded the effort in the U.S. House of Representatives.” 

Senator Perdue secured the following improvements to the First Step Act:

  • Removes the ability of judges to unilaterally make offenders with serious criminal records eligible for reduced sentences
  • Ensures serious violent offenders cannot take advantage of time credits toward pre-release custody


Senator Perdue is the only Fortune 500 CEO in Congress and is serving his first term in the United States Senate, where he represents Georgia on the Armed Services, Banking, Budget, and Agriculture Committees.