by Countable | Updated on 1.16.19
“Because Congress has now enacted a new law that does appear to make Charles legally eligible for a reduced sentence, the government does not object to the court exercising its discretion to reduce Charles’s sentence.”
— Eric Revell
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Written by Countable
America has the biggest prison/jail population in the world. If inmates can prove they are no longer risks to the public, they should be given a chance instead of living off tax money. More people out in the world spending and making money the better.
The program is worth a try. Hopefully the criteria remains the same and there is a tracking put in place to measure the outcome.
Cotton is a glass half empty guy apparently. If these programs are instituted those who have been incarcerated will have the chance to get a real job & change their lives. The people being released are not traffickers. They were jailed for using or carrying drugs that in some cases were labeled illegal when there was no reason for that ie. marijuana.
Recidivism: A condition in which one is offered limited human dignity and a return to incarceration, mantra, “its good for business”, recidivism.
What is it? A step forward for the country.
Finally an effort towards better of our relatively much obsolete and systemically ill criminal justice system...
Seems like a common sense law — help low-risk offenders spend their time in prison as a way of helping themselves. I would love to see that $36,000+ X 2500 ($90,000,000+/year of those 2500s’ time incarcerated) go towards education/college grants, etc. or universal free counseling and therapy.
I hope the act is successful but the key is reintegration of the felons into the community.
I’m for the Mandates SetForth Under The “First Steps Law” Just as long as they do the time, as mandated by the “Law Of The Land”, and have demonstrated that they are repent for the crimes which they were sentenced. SneakyPete..... 👍🏻👏🏻👍🏻👏🏻👍🏻..... 1*17*19.....
Let’s help them integrate in the society and give them a chance to stay out of prison for good.
We need to stop incarcerating people based on skin color, poverty level, nationality, etc. Our prison population is full of people who should never have been convicted, but were because racist bigot attitudes and false fear. The less people behind bars the workers there are paying taxes, instead of costing the taxpayers. Community service and worker retraining are better for rehabilitation than sitting in a jail.
The First Step Act is a good first step. Further reform of sentencing needs to follow. Norway has stressed rehabilitation, helping underlying issues and training in ways to integrate productively back into society for non-violent offenders for a long time, with great success. We would do well to get out of our puritanical punishment mindset and continue to stress and refine real rehabilitation. The private prison industry will fight this, of course. But society will be the better for it.
Honestly think this is a great start. The world is changing, and so are its people. Time and time again we are seeing that rehabilitation reduces crime rates exponentially more than longer prison sentences. Whether or not you believed that system worked in the past, there is no denying its complete ineffectiveness in today's modern society.
Trump can give the state of the union from the Oval Office. We do not need to put a substantial portion of our government at risk.
Criminal Justice Reform is long overdue, especially because of the way that the current system discriminates against POC and low-income people. However, this particular reform measure is one sleazy way to increase profits for those who are in the business of monitoring the early-released (think ankle bracelet monitoring, a business that the Koch brothers make money off of; gee, I wonder why they backed this bill).
We have over crowded prisons with prisoners getting extremely long sentences for petty crimes. Especially when persons of color are getting longer sentences for similar crimes than non persons of color
People convicted of drug offenses should have a chance to redeem themselves.
First Step is right. End the destructive War on Drugs!
Meanwhile Private Prisons are modern day Slave traders and their recidivism based business model puts us all at risk.