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 GrassleyPavlich: The claim Trump let the mentally ill get guns is a lie Congress fails miserably: For Asian-Americans, immigration proposals are personal attacks Grassley, Dems step up battle over judicial nominees MORE (R-Iowa), Senate Minority Whip Dick DurbinRichard (Dick) Joseph DurbinAmerica’s waning commitment to the promise of the First Amendment Senate rejects Trump immigration plan What to watch for in the Senate immigration votes MORE (D- Ill.), Sen. Sheldon WhitehouseSheldon WhitehouseCommittee chairman aims for House vote on opioid bills by Memorial Day Regulators seek to remove barriers to electric grid storage Prison sentencing bill advances over Sessions objections MORE (D-R.I.), and Sen. Mike LeeMichael (Mike) Shumway LeeThe 14 GOP senators who voted against Trump’s immigration framework Prison sentencing bill advances over Sessions objections Grassley ‘incensed’ by Sessions criticism of proposed sentencing reform legislation 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.


“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 RyanRepublicans are avoiding gun talks as election looms The Hill's 12:30 Report Flake to try to force vote on DACA stopgap plan MORE (R-Wis.), House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellLawmakers feel pressure on guns Bipartisan group of House lawmakers urge action on Export-Import Bank nominees Curbelo Dem rival lashes out over immigration failure MORE (R-Ky.) and Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerDemocrats now attack internet rules they once embraced Schumer: Trump budget would ‘cripple’ gun background checks Schumer: Senate Republicans' silence 'deafening' on guns, Russia 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.