Senate Passes 'First Step Act' Criminal Justice Reform Bill

US Senate Passes Criminal Justice Reform

US Senate Passes Criminal Justice Reform

I was proud to vote in support of these historic criminal justice reforms.

Senators voted 87-12 for the First Step Act, which is created to promote the rehabilitation and societal reentry of prisoners while maintaining public safety. In a conference call with reporters Wednesday morning, Grassley says the bill will give an untold number of Americans renewed hope this Christmas season that "their father, mother, son or daughter" will soon have a chance to redeem themselves. A broad coalition of conservative and progressive groups along with a host of business leaders and faith-based organizations also support the First Step Act. A study by the U.S. Sentencing Commission on the effect five years later found that the law, known as the Fair Sentencing Act, reduced the prison population and prosecutions for crack offenses all while consumption of crack cocaine continued to decline.

Earlier this year, the House passed a bipartisan bill focusing on prison reforms, which did not include sentencing reforms.

Medwed explains what the legislation changes and its potential implications for state prisons.

He added: "These reforms to our criminal justice system will not only reduce recidivism and make communities safer, but they will help people into lives of objective". "In addition to everything else, billions of dollars will be saved", Trump said in a tweet Tuesday when the bill was approved by the Senate. Fifty-four percent of individuals subject to a federal drug mandatory minimum in 2016 were at or below the level of "street-level dealers", which is defined as selling less than one ounce of drugs.

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Some Democrats had pushed for a more generous bill, and similar yet more expansive legislation under the Obama administration was scuttled by Republicans. All Senate Democrats, like Sen. Certain prisoners would be eligible for incentives if they participate, including credits that would allow them to spend up to a year of their sentences in facilities like halfway houses or at home under supervision. Most prisoners are going to be released back into society. There are more than 2 million people in state and local jails compared to the roughly 180,800 people in federal prisons, according to government data.

"It is the first and most significant change in our criminal justice system in decades", Sen.

The Senate approved an amendment by voice vote that included language to keep violent offenders from being released early. Sen.

"This bill is only targeted toward those that are least violent", he said.

-Gives judges more discretion when sentencing nonviolent drug offenders. The Tampa Bay Times reported that GEO Group bought Community Education Centers, one of the country's leading providers of rehabilitative "halfway houses", for $360 million a year ago and told investors it meant to make more purchases. "Given the complexities Alaska is facing with criminal justice reform, collectively known as SB91 in Alaska, along with skyrocketing crime rates and an evolving opioid and drug crisis, I can not ignore the harsh realities Alaskans are facing by voting to reduce prison time for offenders who are compounding this crisis". The endorsing organizations stretch from the American Civil Liberties Union and Center for American Progress to a host of conservative groups, including the ERLC and other evangelical entities, Heritage Action, The American Conservative Union and FreedomWorks.

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