Actor Isaiah Washington tweeted his thanks for President Donald Trump's support for the First Step Act while also criticizing former President Barack Obama for lack of movement on "the black agenda".
Washington tweeted his praise for Trump and the adoption of the first cricket law Monday dedicated to criminal reform and prison rehabilitation. Washington was invited to D.C. To celebrate the law and hear calls for more reform, he says Trump's predecessor never did.
"I voted for 44 twice. I even checked my emails in his senate office while the lobby for Salone got another chance to re-burn," wrote the former "Gray & # 39; s Anatomy" – star . "Not once in 8 years did I get any support for Africa or the black agenda, but 45 invites me to WH to celebrate #FirstStepAct."
The first step was adopted by Congress last It gives judges greater discretion when judging some drug addicts and increases prison rehabilitation efforts, and strong efforts from Republicans and Democrats worried that mandatory minimum legislation had created unfair sentences in many drug-related cases.
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Trump said Americans with criminal backgrounds are unemployed for rates up to five times the national average, which stood at 3.8 percent in February
Washington followed up with his original tweets about coming to the White House with a series of pictures together with prominent men and women he says worked to get the first step the law passed.
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"Those who know I am not a Democrat or Republican. I want to work w / h someone as long as things are done #FirstStepAct was sent on December 21, 2018 with the hard work @JessyMichele @LouislReed @ VanJones68 and @ cut_50 I'm proud to be with them all today, " Washington wrote .
Washington also shared a handful of videos from inside the eastern space, where the president and vice president spoke to former prisoners who were helped through the first step of the law.
Trump said the "Second Step Act" will focus on "successful re-entry and reduced unemployment for Americans with previous criminal records." His goal is to cut the vacancy rate for ex-prisoners to single digits within five years.
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The president was brief with details of what future legislation would include, but the White House said that Trump's budget for the next financial year is proposing over 500 million dollars to help the prisoners after their release.
Associated Press contributed to this report.