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
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
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
Finally, a hint of welcome news from Washington, DC about the First Step Act. Recent reports suggest that the bill does have a chance of passing both Chambers of the current lame duck Congress before the break in mid-December. As many know, the First Step Act is a comprise bill of the much heralded and … Read moreFirst Step Act Updates
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!
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
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
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
Well, finally some good news on the federal legislative front. It appears that federal prison and sentencing reform is finally gaining some momentum in the United States Senate. John Webster and National Prison & Sentencing Consultants (NPSC) is happy to share this good news. The long awaited Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act of 2017 is on … Read moreSenate Judiciary Committee to Take up the Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act of 2017 Today.
In an effort to keep our clients and readers up to date, we have listed below many of the pending bills currently in Congress to reform either federal prison related matters and federal sentencing matters. Readers should keep in mind, that these are just bills and have not become law and unless, they come out … Read moreLegislative Updates Relating to Federal Prison and Federal Sentencing