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January 26, 2024

US Sentencing Commission creates helpful information webpage on "First Step Act Earned Time Credits"

In addition to being active in advancing large and small guidelines amendments, the great new US Sentencing Commission has been doing a great new job providing helpful information to the federal criminal justice community (beyond its always terrific and important data publications and analyses).  Specifically, a few months ago, as noted here, the USSC created this terrific webpage collecting information about "problem-solving courts" that have developed through federal court systems.  

This week, the Commission unveiled another helpful new webpage, this one focused on "First Step Act Earned Time Credits."  The Commission's site includes an original infographic and links to other helpful information, and it is introduced this way:

The First Step Act of 2018 (Public Law 115–391) created a system in which some incarcerated individuals can earn time credits for participating in recidivism reduction programming or productive activities. Time credits can later be applied towards early release from secure custody. Eligibility criteria and rules for earning and applying time credits are governed by statute and implemented through BOP program statements and policies.

The Commission has published this page to assist in understanding the First Step Act and its current implementation, relying on primary source documents created by other government agencies. It is for informational purposes only and is not intended as legal analysis. The information does not necessarily represent the official position of the Commission and it should not be considered definitive or comprehensive.

January 26, 2024 at 12:58 PM | Permalink


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