NFL commissioner Roger Goodell and Seattle Seahawks receiver Doug Baldwin have signed a joint open letter to the Senate Committee on the Judiciary in support of the Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act of 2017.
In addition to a number of other functions, the proposed bill would reduce the enhanced penalties for some non-violent repeat drug offenders and would eliminate the three-strike mandatory life sentence provision. The bill would also allow for those enhanced penalties to be applied to offenders who had previously been convicted of serious violent and/or drug felonies.
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‘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,’ read the letter, which was addressed Tuesday. ‘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.
The bill was introduced on October 4 and has been referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.
Baldwin has been among the many NFL players who have protested police violence against minorities by kneeling or sitting during the national anthem.