FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: CONTACT: Daniel Herrera
December 21, 2018 T: 202-930-6805
HNBA Statement on Passage of the First Step Act
WASHINGTON, DC -- The National President of the Hispanic National Bar Association issued the following statement after Congress passed S.756 (the “First Step” Act), which makes important changes to the federal criminal justice system to relieve incarcerated Americans of excessive prison sentences.
“The passage of the bipartisan First Step Act shows encouraging progress in the fight for criminal justice reform,” said HNBA President Jennifer Salinas. “As a long-time advocate for criminal justice reform, the HNBA commends Democrats and Republicans for working across the aisle to come to this important legislation that revises mandatory minimum sentences and gives the incarcerated more opportunities to earn an earlier release.”
About the Hispanic National Bar Association
The Hispanic National Bar Association (HNBA) is an incorporated, not-for-profit, national membership association that represents the interests of Hispanic attorneys, judges, law professors, legal assistants, law students, and legal professionals in the United States and its territories. Since 1972, the HNBA has acted as a force for positive change within the legal profession by creating opportunities for Hispanic lawyers and by helping generations of lawyers to succeed. The HNBA has also effectively advocated on issues of importance to the national Hispanic community. While we are proud of our accomplishments, we are mindful that our mission is as vital today as it was four decades ago, especially as the U.S. Hispanic population continues to grow. For more information, please visit www.hnba.com.