Justice reform takes its first steps with the First Step Act

By Brandon Sample | June 29, 2020

Last year President Trump signed the first piece of prison reform legislation in years. The First Step Act is aimed in part at reducing the federal prison population. It garnered overwhelming bipartisan support in the House and Senate. Since becoming law, this bill has been quietly applauded by lawmakers on both sides of the aisle.…

Senate Bill Lets BOP Use More Home Confinement To Fight Coronavirus

By Brandon Sample | March 26, 2020

The U.S. Senate, late Wednesday, passed legislation that grants the Attorney General the authority to permit expanded use of home confinement by the Federal Bureau of Prisons (“BOP”) to help deal with the spread of COVID-19, commonly known as the coronavirus. The bill also allows for free video visits if the expanded home confinement authority…

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By Holly Thea | January 7, 2020

Between Reasonable and Necessary: California’s New Police Law After many painful decades of dealing with the police brutality epidemic, California’s governor Gavin Newsom has signed into law a bill entitled Assembly Bill 392 or “The California Act to Save Lives” to help solve this problem on August 19, 2019. Introduced by Assembly member, Shirley Weber,…

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BOP Plans To Digitize Incoming Prisoner Mail

By Brandon Sample | January 6, 2020

The Bureau of Prisons wants to digitize incoming prisoner mail. According to a recent request for information, the Bureau of Prisons hopes “to eliminate synthetic drug contraband secreted in the physical mail by using a turnkey offsite postal mail scanning service that will reduce costs, streamline BOP operations, eliminate contraband and provide a whole new…

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AB 392 aims to prevent unnecessary violence committed by law enforcement in California state.

By Brandon Sample | November 14, 2019

Introducing AB 392 : The California Act to Save Lives: Clark’s shooting was one of the main factors that motivated California lawmakers to improve the state’s criminal justice system. But this shooting is far from the only catalyst, as it is just one of the latest incidents in a long and sad history of police…

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Early Release from Prison Under The First Step Act ?

By Brandon Sample | September 20, 2019

The First Step Act, passed last December, has as one of its main focuses the reduction of the current federal prison population.  That reduction can be accomplished in a number of ways.  Lets walk through 4 main ways to get early release from prison, under the First Step Act, for an inmate to obtain early…

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The First Step Act Applies the Fair Sentencing Act Retroactively – What Does That Mean?

By Brandon Sample | August 20, 2019

The First Step Act, passed last December, has several provisions in it that fix some errors of the past.  The most prominent of which came from the initial choice by Congress, back in the 1980s, to impose different sentences for crack cocaine offenses compared to powder cocaine offenses. Specifically, back when the “war on drugs”…

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First Step Act Summary: Common Questions Answered

By Brandon Sample | August 4, 2019

It has been over eight months since the First Step Act of 2018 was enacted. I have consistently written about the First Step Act since it was adopted. But many people still have questions, and I have been repeatedly asked to provide a First Step Act summary. Fortunately, the Bureau of Prisons (“BOP”) finally released…

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The First Step Act: Work in Progress

By Zachary Newland | July 23, 2019

The First Step Act – the first meaningful criminal justice reform in many years – is already beginning to make a positive difference in the lives of federal inmates, their families, and their communities.  Just last Friday, July 19, 2019, the United States Department of Justice issued a press release informing the public about three…

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Sentencing for Juveniles: The Problem of the Juvenile Lifer

By Brandon Sample | May 13, 2019

Are juvenile offenders constitutionally different from adult offenders? In dealing with the issue of sentencing for juveniles, the United States Supreme Court answered that question in the affirmative in two landmark decisions. In 2012, the Supreme Court decided Miller v. Alabama, which held that imposing a mandatory life without parole sentence for a juvenile offender…