Since the Democrats took a progressive approach to crime for the last few years — with prominent party members like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez calling for the defunding of the police — Republicans decided to take a hard line.
This has benefited the GOP greatly, especially as we approach midterm elections. Sens. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) and Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) are working to win Senate passage of a bipartisan reform bill centered on crime.
Grassley and Durbin were the original cosponsors of the First Step Act — a sweeping criminal justice bill passed during the Trump administration.