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Dr. Bernice King, the daughter of Martin Luther King Jr., wrote a letter this week in support of a criminal justice reform bill that has bipartisan support and has been endorsed by President Donald Trump.

In a letter obtained by The Daily Wire from the National Diversity Coalition For Trump, King wrote in a “plea to Congress” that the “First Step Act” is an opportunity to take a “monumental” step “towards assisting and empowering the least of these in America.”

“The bill would reduce mandatory minimum sentences for some crimes and grant judges greater discretion in sentencing nonviolent drug offenders,” a Bloomberg editorial said about the bill. “It would also fund recidivism-reduction programs for low-risk inmates and allow some 2,600 drug offenders to petition for reduced sentences. Perhaps most important, the bill would require more research on criminal justice — a predicate to reducing guesswork in setting future policy on sentencing.”

In endorsing the bill, Trump said in November that the U.S. “benefits if former inmates are able to reenter society as productive, law-abiding citizens.”

“For too long, disenfranchised populations have suffered in a punitive prison system that offers no viable pathways to reentering society,” King continued in her letter. “Today, over two million Americans are incarcerated in a system that does not offer the resources to bring out their intellectual and creative genius.”

King said that while she does not believe the bill is “comprehensive enough,” she thinks that it’s a good step forward.

Although the bill has increasing bipartisan support, not everyone is sold on it.

Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) said in a recent op-ed: “Let there be no doubt: If the bill is passed, thousands of federal offenders, including violent felons and sex offenders, will be released earlier than they would be under current law. Whatever word games the bill’s proponents use will make no difference to the future victims of these felons.”

Full text of Dr. Bernice King’s letter:

In 1963, while incarcerated in Birmingham, my father, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., challenged the conscience of America when he penned these words “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.” My father wanted us to understand our interrelatedness in addressing social inequalities that infringe on human being’s ability to live a life of dignity.

We are closing 2018 with an opportunity to take a monumental “FIRST STEP” towards assisting and empowering the least of these in America. In the hands of our chosen servant leaders of Congress is the FIRST STEP for Criminal Justice Reform Act that begins to address some serious flaws in America’s criminal justice system.

For too long, disenfranchised populations have suffered in a punitive prison system that offers no viable pathways to reentering society. Today, over two million Americans are incarcerated in a system that does not offer the resources to bring out their intellectual and creative genius. Invariably, the world at large is impacted. Families are fractured. Children are missing out on relationships with their parents. Furthermore, the average annual cost to incarcerate prisoners is over $32,000. Prisons are draining financial resources that can be used to invest in improving families and communities. The Congressional Budget Office predicts the FIRST STEP Act would reduce the federal prison population by nearly 20% over the next decade.

The FIRST STEP Act can launch a better way to America’s criminal justice reform. While many have asserted that this bill is not comprehensive enough, to which I also agree, we must also understand that the road to progress is paved with incremental steps.

Over 60 years ago, America’s Civil Rights Movement perfectly illustrated how small legislative steps – when multiplied – paved the way to the monumental progress we have achieved in equal housing, diversity in education, wages disparities, and more. In 1948, President Truman’s Executive Order ending segregation in the military paved the way for the 1954 Brown vs. Board of Education decision, effectively ending racial segregation in public schools. In 1957, President Eisenhower’s Civil Rights Act to protect voter rights gave activists in the 1965 Selma March the legislative support needed to protest voter suppression, and prompted the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Each small legislative step inspired America to become a better version of itself. Today’s FIRST STEP Act is a meaningful start for prison reform. We must not prolong justice in this hour.

The FIRST STEP Act would provide federal judges the discretion to augment sentencing guidelines when the mandatory minimum is too harsh for some criminal offenses. The FIRST STEP Act introduces a mentor program between incarcerated youth and volunteers from faith-based or community organizations. Additionally, The FIRST STEP Act will retroactively reform unfair sentencing disparities that affected 2,600 federal prisoners convicted of crack offenses before 2010.

My mother, Coretta Scott King, said, “Struggle is a never ending process. Freedom is never really won, you earn it and win it in every generation.” My parents understood that justice and equality achieved in one generation can be threatened in the next. Thus, they embraced every small victory. Incremental progress served as a foundation for progress well beyond their lifetime.

We find ourselves in a climate of fear – where reaching across political party aisles in Congress could cause severe backlash that is akin to political suicide. But there comes a time when the cry for humanity stirs so deeply that even fear must adhere to its cry. When faced with political fears, my father said, “Cowardice asks the question, ‘Is it safe?’ Expediency asks the question, ‘Is it politic?’ Vanity asks the question, ‘Is it popular?’ But, conscience asks the question, ‘Is it right?’ And there comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular, but one must take it because one’s conscience tells one that it is right.”

Some naysayers proclaim Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell will never bring this bill up for a vote, and discount his compassion for Civil Rights causes. However, in my research I learned that Senator McConnell has advocated for Civil Rights. As a law student in the 1960s he was present for the signing of the Voting Rights Bill, and was on the Lincoln Memorial in 1963 during my father’s “I Have a Dream” speech. He was so inspired that he began writing editorials advocating for others to support Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Civil Rights Movement.

There is more to Senator McConnell than the Kavanaugh hearings… Growing up his parents were involved in the National Urban League, so I know he understands the importance of liberty and justice for all. In 2015, Senator McConnell broke rank with other Senators and provided a pivotal vote in favor of Loretta Lynch to become the first African American woman as an Attorney General.

Our country has experienced many divisive dark days, but God’s hand has guided us through it all. The bipartisan efforts behind this bill can begin to restore hope in America for many who lost faith in Congress’ ability to ever work together again.

I implore Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to bring the FIRST STEP Act to a vote before the close of this session.

I am hopeful for America because in order to form a more perfect union, Politicians from diverse ideologies have come together and put differences aside to craft legislation that puts humanity above all else. This bill gives thousands in American prisons a road to rehabilitation, redemption and reconciliation. This bill shows America has compassion for the disenfranchised and marginalized and it stops the inhumane treatment of shackling women who give birth in prison.

I believe our leaders will answer the call to conscience and do the right thing for humanity and ensure the unalienable rights of Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness for ALL Americans. American politics has been weighed down by a “win at all costs” mentality. We must come together for this – WIN – at all costs. The FIRST STEP Act is critical for America’s progress.

If you believe in prayer – PRAY. If you believe in America’s declaration of liberty and justice for ALL – Support this bill. America has been at its best when we have come together, and voted together for the good of humanity! In the words of my father, “We are confronted with the fierce urgency of now. In this unfolding conundrum of life and history there is such a thing as being too late. This is no time for apathy or complacency. This is a time for vigorous and positive action.” Join me and encourage Congress to not let political division distract, deter or destroy this opportunity to serve humanity. This bill represents Hope – Unity – Redemption.

This year the King Center commemorated 50 years since my father’s assassination with a theme “Together We Win with Love for Humanity.” What better way to close this year and honor Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy than to see political lines vanish in support of the compassion and humanity within the FIRST STEP Act.

Let’s move America forward! I ask members of Congress to Honor My Father’s Legacy by showing the world we can come together…because Together We Win… With Love for Humanity!

Dr. Bernice A. King

CEO, The Martin Luther King, Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change



  1. eRtwngr

    December 10, 2018 at 12:58 am

    I’m a longtime law and order conservative and I support this with some caveats. First, we must educate and train inmates in skills that will serve them and society when they reenter society. Second, we need partnerships with industries that seem heelbent on eliminating borders and orderly immigration instead of investing in Americans who are either jobless and homeless or ex cons. Stop giving Microsoft and Apple a free pass to destroy our laws and put them on the spot to hire Americans first..

  2. Smokey

    December 10, 2018 at 7:58 am

    Aaaaannnnnnddddd cue the DNC mouthpieces claiming that she’s a white supremacist who just wants to further Trump’s Russian plans.

  3. judy

    December 10, 2018 at 11:50 am

    Misleading headline….never once did she mention Donald Trump!

    • judy

      December 10, 2018 at 11:55 am

      This is the headline you used…..Martin Luther King Jr.’s Daughter Writes Stunning Letter About President Trump.

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Nikki Haley Breaks with Trump: ‘We Shouldn’t Have Followed Him, and We Shouldn’t Have Listened to Him’



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In a Politico interview published Friday, Haley, former South Carolina governor, said that “we shouldn’t have followed” Trump.

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Haley added that people, instead, should “take the good that he built, leave the bad that he did, and get back to a place where we can be a good, valuable, effective party.”

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But there was one problem with the tweet. It was photoshopped.

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On Friday Trump Attorney David Schoen destroyed Democrats for lying about this to the American public.


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White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said following the report that Ducklo has been suspended for a week over the incident.

“TJ Ducklo has apologized to the reporter, with whom he had a heated conversation about his personal life,” Psaki wrote on Twitter. “He is the first to acknowledge this is not the standard of behavior set out by the President.”

“In addition to his initial apology, he has sent the reporter a personal note expressing his profound regret,” she continued. “With the approval of the White House Chief of Staff, he has been placed on a one-week suspension without pay. In addition, when he returns, he will no longer be assigned to work with any reporters at Politico.”

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