NFL commissioner sends letter on criminal justice reform to senators

NFL commissioner sends letter on criminal justice reform to senators
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NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and a player for the Seattle Seahawks expressed the League’s support for bipartisan criminal justice legislation in a letter to senators on Monday, promising to help the upper chamber pass the bill.

The letter, written by Goodell and Seattle Seahawks player Doug Baldwin, addressed Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck GrassleyCharles (Chuck) Ernest GrassleyKavanaugh returns questionnaire to Senate panel Sunk judicial pick spills over into Supreme Court fight Andrew Wheeler must reverse damage to American heartland MORE (R-Iowa), Senate Minority Whip Dick DurbinRichard (Dick) Joseph DurbinChicago detention facility under investigation following allegations of abuse of migrant children Senate approves resolution warning Trump not to hand over US officials Deal to fix family separations hits snag in the Senate MORE (D- Ill.), Sen. Sheldon WhitehouseSheldon WhitehousePutin summit puts spotlight back on Trump's tax returns Senate panel advances Trump IRS nominee Senate Dems protest vote on controversial court pick MORE (D-R.I.), and Sen. Mike LeeMichael (Mike) Shumway LeeWisconsin GOP Senate candidate rips his own parents for donations to Dems GOP moderates hint at smooth confirmation ahead for Kavanaugh GOP senators introduce resolution endorsing ICE MORE (R-Utah). 

“The Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act would address many of the issues on which our players have worked to raise awareness of over the last two seasons,” the letter reads.

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“This bill seeks to improve public safety, increase rehabilitation, and strengthen families. If enacted, it would be a positive next step in our collective efforts to move our nation forward,” it continues.

Durbin and Grassley announced last month that they would re-introduce the legislation, known as the Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act, which was first presented in 2015.

The letter also copied House Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanPelosi: 'Thug' Putin not welcome in Congress Interior fast tracks study of drilling's Arctic impact: report Dems unveil slate of measures to ratchet up pressure on Russia MORE (R-Wis.), House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellPelosi: 'Thug' Putin not welcome in Congress GOP to White House: End summit mystery Sunk judicial pick spills over into Supreme Court fight MORE (R-Ky.) and Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerData confirm that marijuana decriminalization is long overdue Pollster: Kavanaugh will get Dem votes Democrats slam Trump for considering Putin’s ’absurd’ request to question Americans MORE (D-N.Y.). 

The bill would increase mandatory minimums for crimes like domestic violence while cutting mandatory minimums for some drug offenses.

“The National Football League applauds the introduction of this bipartisan criminal justice reform bill as well as your ongoing commitment to upholding America’s promise of justice for all,” the letter continued.

“We stand ready to work with you to advance this important legislation,” the authors wrote.