While that's nothing to sneeze at, it is a modest accomplishment in the context of a federal prison system that keeps more than 150,000 Americans behind bars.
FIRST STEP Act
The president's daughter says "we’re just getting started." Some details would be nice.
Congress expanded compassionate release to allow inmates to petition judges, but federal prosecutors tried to use plea bargain agreements to subvert reforms, the judge says.
Shifting the process from the Justice Department to the White House can help eliminate bureaucracy and meddling from prosecutors.
We probably won’t see a follow up to the FIRST STEP Act. But it’s still been a boon to federal prisoners.
Judges would be permitted to rethink sentences after 10 years have been served, particularly for inmates over the age of 50.
Carlson claims the law "allowed hundreds of violent criminals" back on the street. Here's what he didn't tell you.
Many benefit from an increase in "good time" credits and from retroactive reductions in crack cocaine mandatory minimum sentences.
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.
Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin gives advice for changing hearts on criminal justice reform.
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.
The FIRST STEP Act was supposed to get $75 million to fund reentry programs and job training. That's missing from the budget bill being voted on Thursday.