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 GrassleyHigh stakes as Trump, Dems open drug price talks Senate approves border bill that prevents shutdown Grassley raises voice after McConnell interrupts Senate speech MORE (Iowa) are pushing for a vote on the bill before the end of 2018, but Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellDems ready aggressive response to Trump emergency order, as GOP splinters Green New Deal Resolution invites big picture governing ‘Contingency’ spending in 3B budget deal comes under fire 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 Patricia D'Alesandro PelosiNational emergency declaration — a legal fight Trump is likely to win Congress allows Violence Against Women Act to lapse High stakes as Trump, Dems open drug price talks MORE to pass a bill?" Grassley tweeted last month.

The bill has White House support, as President TrumpDonald John TrumpGillibrand backs federal classification of third gender: report Former Carter pollster, Bannon ally Patrick Caddell dies at 68 Heather Nauert withdraws her name from consideration for UN Ambassador job 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 KushnerThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by the American Academy of HIV Medicine - Will there be any last-minute shutdown drama? Rule change sharpens Dem investigations into Trump Drama hits Senate Intel panel’s Russia inquiry MORE, reportedly revived the issue earlier this year, meeting with members of Congress to build support for a bipartisan package.