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Expanding Inmate Employment Under the First Step Act

  In fact, one of the main motivations for the First Step Act helping inmates gain skills while reducing recidivism through meaningful work Writer and philosopher Voltaire once wrote that “work spares us from three evils: boredom, vice, and need.” That is true both inside and outside of prison. The Act focuses on programs and…

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First Step Act: What is the 500-Mile Rule?

First Step Act: What is the 500-Mile Rule?

Based on the most recent data available, about 250,000 American children have a mother in jail, either awaiting trial or serving time for a minor offense.  An additional 150,000 children have a mother in prison, serving time for a felony.  The number of incarcerated women has only increased since that data was collected. The first step…

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First Step Act Summary: Common Questions Answered

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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

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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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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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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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