Criminal justice reform is one of Hakeem’s top priorities as a Member of the House Judiciary Committee. In December 2018, he successfully shepherded The First Step Act into law through a Republican-controlled Washington. The bipartisan measure is the nation’s largest criminal justice reform bill in decades, helping thousands of incarcerated Americans by correcting many of the injustices they have faced within the federal prison system and reducing rates of recidivism. Hakeem is currently leading the charge to end the unjust disparities in sentencing for crack versus powder cocaine, recently working with Democrats and Republicans to advance the bipartisan EQUAL Act through the House of Representatives.