First Step Act (Partially) Explained

We have been receiving many phone calls an emails regarding the meaning and application of the First Step Act.  We will summarize its relevant provisions and hope to clarify many of its misunderstood provisions. The Act made retroactive the reforms enacted by the Fair Sentencing Act of 2010, which reduced the disparity between crack and … Read moreFirst Step Act (Partially) Explained

BREAKING NEWS: Senate Approves First Step Act

Yesterday, December 18, 2018, The United States Senate, by a vote of 87 to 12, has approved the First Step Act.  This is the first substantial revision of federal sentencing law and federal prison programs since 1994.  It clearly will help many federal inmates get released early and certainly many defendants yet to be sentenced … Read moreBREAKING NEWS: Senate Approves First Step Act

BREAKING NEWS: First Step Act to Get Full Senate Vote

The last month as been a bit of a roller coaster ride regarding the First Step Act. The folk here and National Prison and Sentencing Consultants have been monitoring this bill and its progress daily.  About 4 weeks ago, it looked promising, then Senator Mitchell McConnell (R-KY), the Senate majority leader, decided that there was … Read moreBREAKING NEWS: First Step Act to Get Full Senate Vote

Senate Needs to Take Action on the First Step Act NOW!

As many who follow our website and blogs know, the Republican controlled House of Representatives passed the First Step Act on May 22, 2018 and presented it to the Senate the day after. The First Step Act is a federal prison reform bill that will allow federal inmates to earn more time in alternative facilities … Read moreSenate Needs to Take Action on the First Step Act NOW!

First Step Act to be Voted by House Today

Although current political realities have effectively eliminated the chances for the Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act from being passed, it appears that the First Step Act is poised for passage in the House of Representatives today.  The First Step Act focuses solely on several aspects of federal “prison reform” rather than any form of sentencing … Read moreFirst Step Act to be Voted by House Today

“FIRST STEP” Legislation

Yesterday, the Senate and the House of Representatives introduced companion federal prison reform bills, which at present, appears to have bipartisan support.  The bills, known as “Formerly Incarcerated Reenter Society Transformed Safely Transitioning Every Person Act” or “FIRST STEP” Act, if approved, would allow for the following: The bill would authorize $50 million annually for … Read more“FIRST STEP” Legislation

Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act

Since 2015, when Senator Grassley introduced the bipartisan supported Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act (SRCA), it looked like there would soon be a ray of very substantial hope for many federal inmates and those facing federal charges at the time or in the future.  Initially, the SRCA, generally speaking, comprised two parts:  Legislation that would … Read moreSentencing Reform and Corrections Act

Supreme Court Strikes Down Federal Definition of “Crime of Violence.”

We at NPSC have already received many inquiries about the impact of yesterday’s Supreme Court decision Sessions v. Dimaya which can be found here.  There is the potential that Dimaya can have a significant impact on many federal inmates who have had their sentence enhanced or a conviction based upon allegedly having committed a “crime … Read moreSupreme Court Strikes Down Federal Definition of “Crime of Violence.”