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Senate Passes Bipartisan Criminal Justice Bill

January 7, 2019 In the Press

On Tuesday, December 18, 2018, the Senate approved a bipartisan criminal justice reform bill, the most substantial in decades. 

Reporting for the New York TimesNicholas Fandos writes, 

The First Step Act would expand job training and other programming aimed at reducing recidivism rates among federal prisoners. It also expands early-release programs and modifies sentencing laws, including mandatory minimum sentences for nonviolent drug offenders, to more equitably punish drug offenders.

But the legislation falls short of benchmarks set by a more expansive overhaul proposed in Congress during Barack Obama’s presidency and of the kinds of changes sought by some liberal and conservative activists targeting mass incarceration

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