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Thousands Freed from Federal Prison by FIRST STEP Act Reforms


Added 07-19-19 02:21:01pm EST - “Many benefit from an increase in "good time" credits and from retroactive reductions in crack cocaine mandatory minimum sentences.” - Reason.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Reason.com: “Thousands Freed from Federal Prison by FIRST STEP Act Reforms”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

There's good news on the criminal justice reform front today as the FIRST STEP Act of 2018 frees thousands more from federal prison.

The Department of Justice has announced some hard numbers showing who is benefiting from the federal sentencing reform bill. Some figures worth noting:

FAMM, a national criminal justice reform organization that fights against mandatory minimum sentences and for more clemency and compassionate releases, praised today's announcement.

"Every day of freedom is important," said FAMM President Kevin Ring in a statement. "The good time credit will benefit more than 150,000 people in federal prison today and many more going forward. We're happy for the families who get to welcome home their loved ones a few weeks or months early."

It's these types of positive reform outcomes that prompted Reason reporter C.J. Ciaramella to declare that "Criminal Justice Is Having a (Long Overdue) Moment" in our special Good News/Bad News issue of Reason, on newsstands right now. Check the issue out here, and read more from Ciaramella about what should come next after the FIRST STEP Act here.

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