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 GrassleySenate votes to end debate on criminal justice reform bill Five takeaways from the court decision striking down ObamaCare The Year Ahead: Tough tests loom for Trump trade agenda MORE (Iowa) are pushing for a vote on the bill before the end of 2018, but Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellIsrael boycott fight roils Democrats in year-end spending debate Schumer blasts GOP request for immigration 'slush fund' Trump: 'Too early to say' if shutdown will be averted 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 PelosiIsrael boycott fight roils Democrats in year-end spending debate McConnell predicts no shutdown: Trump 'flexible' on border deal Ocasio-Cortez had highest percentage of small donors in midterms: report MORE to pass a bill?" Grassley tweeted last month.

The bill has White House support, as President TrumpDonald John TrumpREAD: Transcript of James Comey's interview with House Republicans Klobuchar on 2020: ‘I do think you want voices from the Midwest’ Israel boycott fight roils Democrats in year-end spending debate 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 KushnerTrump to attend World Economic Forum in Davos for second straight year Pass the FIRST STEP Act to give second chances at the American Dream No reason to assume American relations with Mexico are rocky MORE, reportedly revived the issue earlier this year, meeting with members of Congress to build support for a bipartisan package.