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July 19, 2019

Big day for the next stage of FIRST STEP Act implementation

July 19, 2019, is a big day in the implementation of the FIRST STEP Act because today marks 210 days since the law was officially enacted. And the Act states "Not later than 210 days after the date of enactment of this subchapter, the Attorney General, in consultation with the Independent Review Committee authorized by the First Step Act of 2018, shall develop and release publicly on the Department of Justice website a risk and needs assessment system...."

This "risk and needs assessment system" will serve as the backbone for the rehabilitative programming and earned time credits that can impact the experiences of every single current and future federal prisoner. In addition, DOJ's release of the risk and needs assessment system (which is widely expected to be today) will mark the time when revised good time credit calculations should become effective and lead to the swifter release from federal prison a few thousand persons.

I will be off line much of today, but I hope tonight I will be able to effectively cover whatever we hear from DOJ and others today. In the meantime, here are a review of just some of my prior posts on FIRST STEP Act implementation from the last 210 days:

On the FIRST STEP Act's good-time fix and DOJ's work:

On the FIRST STEP Act's crack retroactivity provision:

On the FIRST STEP Act's important change to "compassionate release":

UPDATE:  This DOJ press release reports on the latest FIRST STEP news.

July 19, 2019 at 07:14 AM | Permalink


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