Fox issues statement in support of criminal justice reform package

The Fox Broadcasting Company issued a rare statement Thursday in support of a bipartisan prison and sentencing reform package currently being debated by the Senate.

The media company, which is made up of assets not included in 21st Century Fox's merger with The Walt Disney Co. earlier this year, cheered the bill's provisions expanding access to rehabilitation services as well as its provisions reducing mandatory minimum sentences for some crimes.

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“FOX supports the bipartisan First Step Act to limit mandatory minimum sentences, prevent recidivism and expand rehabilitation," the company said Thursday afternoon.

"FOX looks forward to providing corporate support to programs implementing these objectives and to telling the compelling stories of redemption that result from common sense criminal justice reform," the statement continued.

Several top GOP senators, including Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck GrassleyCharles (Chuck) Ernest GrassleyOn The Money: Trade chief defends Trump tariffs before skeptical Congress | Kudlow denies plan to demote Fed chief | Waters asks Facebook to halt cryptocurrency project On The Money: Trade chief defends Trump tariffs before skeptical Congress | Kudlow denies plan to demote Fed chief | Waters asks Facebook to halt cryptocurrency project Trade chief defends Trump tariffs before skeptical Congress MORE (Iowa) are pushing for a vote on the bill before the end of 2018, but Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellOvernight Defense: Shanahan exit shocks Washington | Pentagon left rudderless | Lawmakers want answers on Mideast troop deployment | Senate could vote on Saudi arms deal this week | Pompeo says Trump doesn't want war with Iran Senators reach .5B deal on Trump's emergency border request Senators reach .5B deal on Trump's emergency border request MORE (R-Ky.) has indicated that such a vote is unlikely before January.

The bill has broad support from members of both parties in the Senate but faces opposition from some conservatives as well as a possible battle with the House, which in January will fall under Democratic control and may push for broader changes. As it stands, the bill only applies to federal prisoners, a small slice of the overall incarcerated population.

"GOP colleagues: NOW is time to pass crim justice reform unless your argument is that you prefer to work w Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiPelosi slated to deliver remarks during panel hearing on poverty The DNC's climate problems run deep Cracks form in Democratic dam against impeachment MORE to pass a bill?" Grassley tweeted last month.

The bill has White House support, as President TrumpDonald John TrumpGOP senator introduces bill to hold online platforms liable for political bias Rubio responds to journalist who called it 'strange' to see him at Trump rally Rubio responds to journalist who called it 'strange' to see him at Trump rally MORE has indicated that he is prepared to sign it upon its arrival. Trump's son-in-law and senior White House adviser, Jared KushnerJared Corey KushnerDemocrats ask OSC to review whether Kushner violated Hatch Act Democrats ask OSC to review whether Kushner violated Hatch Act Financial disclosure form shows Ivanka Trump earned M from DC Trump hotel MORE, reportedly revived the issue earlier this year, meeting with members of Congress to build support for a bipartisan package.