NAHB supports the First Step Act

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NAHB supports the First Step Act

By HBSDealer Staff - 11/16/2018
The First Step Act, backed by President Trump and in the hands of Congress, promises sweeping reforms for criminals convicted of drug offenses.

Under the plan, some would have their criminal penalties reduced. The bill would also allow former inmates to more easily find work.

Congress is expected to vote on the bill during its lame duck session between now and January 2019.

The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), battling one of the worst skilled labor shortages it has ever encountered - along with the Home Builders Institute (HBI) - have responded in support for the legislation.

Randy Noel, chairman of the NAHB and Ed Brady, incoming president and CEO of the HBI, issued the following joint statement regarding the First Step Act:

“NAHB commends Republicans and Democrats for working to advance the First Step Act and we join President Trump in supporting this bipartisan effort.

“The legislation would provide reforms to the criminal justice system to include vocational training for prisoners in an effort to reduce recidivism rates. Working with HBI, we have seen the benefits of similar training programs administered through the national nonprofit, NAHB’s industry educational partner. HBI has a proven track record of success working with justice-involved individuals and currently trains hundreds of youth and adults every day to help reintegrate them into society.

“These provisions in the First Step Act complement President Trump’s workforce development initiative. This bill would help address the construction industry’s labor shortages while providing individuals the opportunity for a second chance for a bright future and a meaningful career.”