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First Step Act FAQs: Criminal Justice Reform in Action

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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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Home Confinement | New BOP Policy Released | April 2019 Update

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Home confinement for federal prisoners is about to expand with the release of the Federal Bureau of Prisons (“BOP”) new April 4, 2019, Operations Memorandum, Home Confinement Under the First Step Act. You can access a copy of the entire operations memorandum here: BOP Home Confinement Memorandum. We have previously reported about the BOP’s implementation of…

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Breaking News: Internal BOP Elderly Offender Program Documents Obtained

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Consistent with our commitment to hold decision-makers accountable, the Law Office of Brandon Sample has filed a number of FOIA requests with the BOP since the First Step Act became law. Just this week, our office obtained internal Federal Bureau of Prisons documents describing the implementation of the Elderly Offender Home Detention Program and how…

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All Posts | Brandon Sample | Attorney At Law | Sentencing.net

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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