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Oz, who has criticized release of prisoners, announces support for reducing sentences

In a bid to woo Black voters Monday, Republican U.S. Senate candidate Mehmet Oz expressed support for laws that would reduce the federal prison population — even as his campaign continues to criticizes his Democratic opponent, John Fetterman, for supporting the release of more Pennsylvania prisoners. On Monday, Oz held a roundtable with around a dozen Black residents in Philadelphia and released a “Plan to Fight for Black Communities.” In one of the plan’s proposals, Oz endorsed The First Step Act, a federal law passed in 2018 with bipartisan support that had at its center an effort to “reduce the size of the federal prison population.”

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