We probably won’t see a follow up to the FIRST STEP Act. But it’s still been a boon to federal prisoners.
Criminal justice reformers say the federal prison system is in desperate need of more oversight.
The most unusual thing about Jeffrey Epstein dying in a federal jail was how quickly the Justice Department sprang into action to investigate it.
While the president's mercy might be self-serving, it's not necessarily wrong.
After two decades of mercy, the Justice Department announces five men on federal death row will face lethal injections this winter.
Judges would be permitted to rethink sentences after 10 years have been served, particularly for inmates over the age of 50.
Many benefit from an increase in "good time" credits and from retroactive reductions in crack cocaine mandatory minimum sentences.
Congressman Asked Bureau of Prisons Three Times About Nonviolent Offender Who Later Died in Maximum Security Lockup
A congressman forwarded messages to the Bureau of Prisons from Rick Turner's family begging for his relocation. Two were ignored.
Booker would move the process away from prosecutors and into the White House.
A Terminally Ill, Wheelchair-Bound Inmate Applied for Compassionate Release. The Justice Department Argued He Wasn't Dying Fast Enough To Qualify.
The FIRST STEP Act gives dying inmates the opportunity to appeal to a judge for compassionate release. This case shows why.
Paul Manafort Sentenced to Nearly Four Additional Years in Federal Prison Just as New York Files New Charges
Double jeopardy or a way of circumventing a potential Trump pardon? Or both?
The FIRST STEP Act called for $75 million for reentry programs. It's not listed in the White House's summary.
Overall, CPAC attendees seem enthusiastic about criminal justice reform.
Inmates were left in the dark and frigid cold for a week, while families and lawyers were denied access.
"We're all better off when former inmates can reenter society as law-abiding, productive citizens."
What did it take? A promise not to make mandatory minimum reductions retroactive.
This Woman Was Shackled While Pregnant in Federal Prison. A New Bill Would Make Sure That Never Happens Again
Read the horrifying story of one woman who went through it.
Trump and Republicans will wait until after midterm elections to try to pass a long-awaited prison reform bill.
This Man Was Released From Prison and Rebuilt His Life; Two Years Later He Got Sent Back Because of an 'Error'
Now writers, activists, and thousands of readers are calling on Trump to commute Matthew Charles' sentence.
The House passed a major, bipartisan prison reform bill backed by the White House, but it's being attacked from all sides.
New amendments to rules default to placing prisoners on the basis of their "biological sex."
The FIRST STEP Act would result in the immediate release of about 4,000 federal inmates, advocates say.
And throws a bipartisan sentencing reform bill under the bus.
The president lacks subtlety or substance over a chronic public health problem-go figure.
The comprehensive report from the Office of the Inspector General is unlikely to have much follow up.
Fears that a Trump administration will not be as merciful.
Bipartisan sentencing reforms and falling crime rates have played a much bigger role than commutations or DOJ policy.
Another 79 granted mercy over federal drug war sentences.
Today, 72 federal drug war prisoners get sentences reduced.
That seems counterproductive.
Private prisons are a symptom. Mass incarceration is the disease.
Inspectors found privately run federal prisons were also placing new inmates in isolation for lack of space.
Justice Department still expects more before presidency ends.
Suicide attempt in July may lead to more punishment, solitary confinement.
Sorry prisoners-you'll have to wait for the finger-pointing to stop.
Bipartisan bill was amended in April. Who would be affected?
A week to try to help ex-prisoners return to communities follows years of relentlessly putting them away.
Some in federal prison may see sentence reductions.
Election year posturing and new Supreme Court nominee fight push it down the agenda.
Prison and jail policies "must allow for housing by gender identity when appropriate" say new federal guidelines.
Watered down improvements to federal mandatory minimums may get watered down further.
Obama Bans Solitary Confinement for Juveniles; Supreme Court Expands Parole for Juveniles Serving Life
A big day for the rights of minors in the criminal justice system.
Low-level, non-violent drug offenders with no history of violence.