Ron DeSantis says he’d repeal Donald Trump’s First Step Act

'If you are in jail you should serve your time.'

Gov. Ron DeSantis says if elected President he’d work with Congress to repeal the First Step Act, a signature law signed by former President Donald Trump aimed at reducing recidivism and releasing some nonviolent offenders from federal prison.

“Under the Trump administration he enacted a bill, basically a jailbreak bill called the First Step Act,” DeSantis said in an interview with the Daily Wire. “It has allowed dangerous people out of prison who have now reoffended and really, really hurt a number of people.”

It’s the latest salvo from DeSantis against Trump since he entered the 2024 race for the GOP nomination for President officially on Wednesday. Before becoming a candidate officially, DeSantis often tried to side-step direct criticisms of Trump, or didn’t name Trump while slamming one of his policies.

Congress passed the First Step Act in December 2018 with widespread support from both parties. DeSantis, though, had resigned his seat in the U.S. House three months earlier to concentrate on his run for Governor and didn’t cast a vote.

The legislation reduced mandatory minimum sentences for some drug crimes, allowed prisoners sentenced before the federal sentencing reforms of 2010 to appeal for an early release and increased the number of good time credits and incentives that reduce a sentence and applied them retroactively. The good time provision led to the release of more than 3,000 prisoners in the first year of the new law.

“If you are in jail you should serve your time and the idea that they’re releasing people who have not been rehabilitated early so that they can prey on people in our society is a huge, huge mistake,” DeSantis said.

DeSantis’ policy doesn’t seem to apply to rioters who participated in the storming of the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021, as Congress was certifying the 2020 election results. DeSantis said he would look at pardoning some perpetrators who were convicted of offenses on that day, which saw five people killed and 138 police officers injured as the mob of thousands sought to prevent the results of the election, which Democrat Joe Biden won, from being certified.

Gray Rohrer


  • Bwj

    May 26, 2023 at 5:20 pm

    The man is a fascist hypocrite.

  • Michael K

    May 26, 2023 at 5:22 pm

    The prison industrial complex is a huge economic driver in Florida’s poor, rural communities – so it makes sense that Ron will shovel money their way and make sure that his corrupt cronies (and insurrectionists) never see the inside of a cell.

  • Carlos

    May 26, 2023 at 6:54 pm

    There were NOT 5 people killed on January 6
    Stop spreading this lie

    • Bwj

      May 26, 2023 at 7:25 pm

      Officer Brian Sicknick died as the result of the January 6th insurrection. Other officers took their own lives because of what happened, and One insurrectionist died.

      • Bwjs mom

        May 26, 2023 at 7:46 pm


        One unarmed female protestor was murdered by an armed pig.

        Sicknic was an overweight slob who died from a cholesterol induced stroke the following day. The autopsy did not find homicide or any injury was the cause.

        There is zero evidence the cops who committed suicide in the years following were motivated by the protest.

        Didn’t you support the BLM riots and attacks on police? Just

        • Bwj

          May 26, 2023 at 8:27 pm

          Who’s the liar? Sicknick died after being sprayed with bear repellent. Babbitt was committing a felony.

        • Mercury Shampoo Ed 👍

          May 26, 2023 at 9:17 pm

          👆 This terrorist supporter should be euthanized.

          • Bwj

            May 26, 2023 at 9:20 pm

            Who is supporting terrorism? Show me where I support terrorism.

          • Seth Friedman

            May 27, 2023 at 7:56 am

            Try forming a valid argument retard.

        • Ashli Babbit is in Hell now. LOL

          May 26, 2023 at 10:58 pm

          Ashli Babbit was anti-American terrorist scum. She was garbage who deserved what she got and she’s in hell now.

          You will be joining her down there one day too.

          • Dont Say FLA

            May 27, 2023 at 9:59 am

            Ashey Blabbit was also the dipstick that got shoved thru the door first by a bunch of limp dick MAGAs, figuring the police won’t shoot a woman and they’ll pile thru the door behind her, overrunning the handful of polices. Those MAGAs were willing to risk her being shot and killed, and they got her shot and killed. They bet her life on their gambit and they lost.

        • Dont Say FLA

          May 27, 2023 at 9:47 am

          Aha, HERE’S tucker carlson! So THIS is where they went.

        • Silly Wabbit

          May 27, 2023 at 11:53 am

          Woman, you kwazy.

      • Seth Friedman

        May 27, 2023 at 7:55 am

        You are COMPLETELY IGNORANT. Try reading the alternative media. BS died of a stroke that had nothing to do with J6. The suicides were murder to keep them silent about the fact that all of the troublemakers were yraitor federal agents and antifa disguised as patriots. Ashli Babbit faked her death. Roseann Boyland was beaten to death by the police. Murdered. The Congress voted to NOT investigate the blatantly stolen election. DT won all 50 states and the popular vote in 2016. 2000 Mules and Selection Code prove it.
        CVHOAX com

        • Dont Say FLA

          May 27, 2023 at 9:53 am

          Seth, whenever media says “the stuff you want to hear, that’s all true, and anything you won’t like, that’s all lies,” you might want to change the channel at least once in a while.
          Get one of those VPNs that lets you surf the interwebs as seen from anywhere you want. Read news written for locals that are local to somewhere else. It’s truly eye opening seeing the world thru “not YOUR context.”
          Any media lies you encounter when you’re seen as a local reading local news in some place that ain’t really your locality, those media lies aren’t meant for you. Not being lies for YOU, they’re easier to spot and easier to avoid.

        • Bwj

          May 27, 2023 at 10:19 am

          2000Mules is debunked propaganda from D’Souza. Much likes the bs conspiracy theories from Lindell. Stewart Rhoades, Meeks, and a few others are lucky that they weren’t sentenced for longer-term.

        • Silly Wabbit

          May 27, 2023 at 11:54 am

          Boy, you kwazy.

    • Silly Wabbit

      May 27, 2023 at 11:57 am

      Boy, you kwazy.

  • Elliott Offen

    May 26, 2023 at 9:18 pm

    People already tired of this guy. Bigger azzhole than Trump. Send him packing to The Villages after his wasted term as governor is up.

    • Seth Friedman

      May 27, 2023 at 7:59 am

      DT won all 50 states in 2020 and the popular vote in 2016.

      • Dont Say FLA

        May 27, 2023 at 9:55 am

        Hoo boy, Seth, yeah never mind my recommendation above about trying a VPN. There’s no point in you making the effort.

      • Bwj

        May 27, 2023 at 10:20 am

        Not true at all. He won the Electoral College in 2016 and that’s all.

  • Seth Friedman

    May 27, 2023 at 8:02 am

    DT won all 50 states in 2020 and the popular vote in 2016.

    • Dont Say FLA

      May 27, 2023 at 9:56 am

      DipTheria? What?

  • Rhonda Santis

    May 27, 2023 at 4:26 pm

    ‘If you are in jail you should serve your time.’ Unless you are in jail for J6, in which case I promise to let you out.

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