Thousands of dangerous felons would be released from prison and commit spectacular crimes if Congress passed the prison reform bill under consideration in 2018, Sen. (R-Ark.) had warned. 

“Someone’s going to get out,” Cotton told his Senate GOP colleagues during a closed-door meeting in November, according to Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.). 

Worse, Cotton added: “We’re all going to lose our seats.” 

Congress passed the First Step Act anyway, and President Donald Trump signed it into law last December. As a result, thousands of convicted felons have gained early release from federal prison. And yet there’s little evidence the measure harmed public safety. None of the law’s beneficiaries has committed a new crime, as far as anyone knows. 

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