SUMMARY OF THE FIRST STEP ACT

SUMMARY OF THE FIRST STEP ACT: What The Law Provides:

  • to require the Department of Justice to establish and the Bureau of Prisons (BOP) to implement a risk and needs assessment system;
  • to modify the computation of good time credit;
  • to allow federal correctional officers to securely store and carry concealed firearms on BOP premises outside the security perimeter of a prison;
  • to limit the use of restraints on federal prisoners who are pregnant or in postpartum recovery;
  • to reduce mandatory minimum prison terms for certain nonviolent repeat drug offenses;
  • to broaden the existing safety valve to permit a sentence below the mandatory minimum for certain nonviolent, cooperative drug offenders with a limited criminal history;
  • to make the Fair Sentencing Act of 2010 retroactive;
  • to require prisoners to be placed within 500 miles of their primary residence;
  • to require low-risk prisoners to be placed on home confinement for the maximum amount of time permitted;
  • to reauthorize through FY2022 and
  • modify eligibility for an elderly offender early release pilot program;
  • to require the BOP to help prisoners obtain identification documents prior to release, to incorporate de-escalation procedures into training programs, and to make tampons and sanitary napkins available free of charge;
  • to authorize Federal Prison Industries to sell products to additional markets;
  • to require probation and pretrial services officers to perform court-directed supervision of sex offenders conditionally released from civil commitment;
  • to require the BOP to establish pilot programs on youth mentorship and service to abandoned, rescued, or vulnerable animals; and
  • to limit juvenile solitary confinement.

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Yolanda Cadet
Yolanda Cadet

Ms. Yolanda Cadet is a Master Level Social worker with certification in multi- disciplinary practice. Her approach & skills come from a range of modalities, from modern psychology, to life coaching, NLP, CBT and counseling. Her background is very diverse.

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