President Donald Trump makes an announcement regarding the First Step Act prison reform bill in the Roosevelt Room at the White House on Nov. 14, 2018. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
**FILE** President Donald Trump makes an announcement regarding the First Step Act prison reform bill in the Roosevelt Room at the White House on Nov. 14, 2018. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

President Donald Trump announced this week his support of a bipartisan prison reform bill that would give former inmates a second chance at life.

Tentatively named the First Step Act, the new legislation “would make communities safer and give former inmates a second chance at life after having served their time,” Trump said Wednesday at a White House event to announce the bill.

The bill is expected to include “reasonable sentencing reforms while keeping dangerous and violent criminals off the street,” Trump said. “We’re all better off when former inmates can receive and re-enter society as law-abiding, productive citizens.”

The bill, according to The New York Times, will change longstanding “federal policies that disproportionately affected Black inmates.”

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