Video: The Inside Story of How the First Step Act Was Passed—Doug Deason

At the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), we sit down with Doug Deason, a conservative activist and donor as well the founder of the Deason Foundation, to discuss his work advocating for criminal justice reform, and the inside story of how the First Step Act passed. Jan Jekielek: I’m here with Doug Deason, president of the Deason Foundation. You described yourself as a donor activist, a rare breed, so to speak. Doug Deason: That’s right. There are a lot of donors, a lot of political donors, a lot of charitable donors, but there aren’t that many who follow their money. We like to know where our dollars go and be involved. The different programs; criminal justice reform, education reform, or promoting free enterprise are the primary areas that we work in. We know where our dollars go, and then we’re involved in the C-3’s and C-4’s that do the work. …

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