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First Step Act FAQs: Criminal Justice Reform in Action

First Step Act, criminal justice reform

On November 14, 2018, criminal justice and prison reform advocates finally heard what they had wanted to hear for almost a year: President Donald Trump is “thrilled to announce his support” for the bipartisan First Step Act criminal justice reform legislation. With President Trump’s support of this legislation the last true obstacle to the First…

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Sentencing Reform And Corrections Act vs. First Step Act

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The House of Representatives recently passed the so-called “First Step Act,” which is very different from the “Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act” that is still bouncing around the Senate. I discussed in a previous article, the many details of the House’s “First Step Act” (First Step). Let’s take a closer look at the debate. Some…

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The First Step Act: All Your Questions Explained

First Step Act (H.R. 5682)

On May 9, 2018, the House Judiciary Committee passed a bipartisan federal prison reform bill known as the First Step Act (H.R. 5682). The bill’s longer name is the “Formerly Incarcerated Reenter Society Transformed Safely Transitioning Every Person Act.” The First Step Act was previously called the Prison Reform and Redemption Act. Before the First…

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Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act – Is It Time?

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Is federal sentencing reform in the United States finally a viable possibility? With the Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act, maybe . . . just maybe. Faced with the stark reality that the United States’ prison population is the largest in the world, Senator Chuck Grassley of Iowa, the current Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee…

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All Sentencing.net Posts Impact of Prior State Drug Convictions on Federal Sentences December 4, 2018 Should a Conviction Mean that You Can’t Vote? December 3, 2018 Sentencing Discrimination: The Hidden Role of Implicit Racial Bias December 2, 2018 5 Essential Aspects of a Sentencing Memorandum December 1, 2018 Plain Error Rule: U.S. Supreme Court Overturns Fifth Circuit November…

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Our Books The Habeas Citebook: Ineffective Assistance of Counsel (2nd Edition) Paperback, 275 pages. Written by Brandon Sample and Alissa Hull Prison Legal News Publishing (2016). ISBN 978-0-9819385-4-7   The Habeas Citebook: Ineffective Assistance of Counsel is a neatly-organized resource designed to assist litigants in advancing claims of ineffective assistance of counsel, the most common claim presented…

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Pennsylvania’s Sentencing Guidelines: A Review and History

Pennsylvania's Sentencing Guidelines

“These mandatory minimum sentences are perhaps a good example of the law of unintended consequences . . . “ – U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice William Rehnquist The Objective of Mandatory Minimums – A Double-Edged Sword While it is unclear whether former Chief Justice Rehnquist was referring to all mandatory minimum sentences as a policy…

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