The first step to Act, on the way to the law: 5 things to know about the criminal justice reform bill

nearvideo criminal justice reform bill passes in the Senate

After the Senate’s sweeping, bipartisan criminal justice reform legislation, the President, Trump said he “looks forward” to signing the bill into law.

The First step is to Act – or the Formerly Incarcerated re-Enter society make the Transition Each Person is to introduce at its core, a Directive for the justice system to the risk rate that a person to create re-offending, housing, or other incentives for offenders to participate in recidivism reduction programs.

“This is not for the hardened criminals … are the people who really want to give re-in the society,” White House Advisor, Kelly Anne Conway Fox & Friends said, “” at the beginning of this week.

The bill, which the Senate 87-12, culminates years of negotiations and is sure to give you the trump administration, a signature policy victory. It has been announced that from conservatives and liberals, celebrities, and Jared Kushner, the President’s son-in-law, who worked together to forge the halls of Congress for months, a compromise. The house is expected to pass it later this week.

Sen. Cory Booker, D-N. J., ushered in erecting the law as a start-the country is “broken” criminal justice system.

“But for the first time in a long time, with the adoption of this law, in the law, in our country a meaningful break from the decades of failed policies led to the mass incarceration that costs taxpayers billions of dollars, drained our economy, endangers the public safety, harm to our children, and disproportionately communities of color harmed, while the devaluation of the idea of justice in America,” Booker, a potential 2020 presidential contender, said.

The bill applies only to Federal inmates, less than 10 percent of the country’s population in prison.

Continue to read on for a look at what changes to the bill.

Change for life

To focus In an attempt, the hardest sets, the most violent offenders, the bill, the mandatory minimum reduces penalties for drug crimes. Drug offenders with three convictions – or “three strikes” – it could live for 25 years in prison, instead.

More discretion for the judges

Federal judges have more room for discretion when sentencing certain drug offenders would be given.


The law allows approximately 2,600 people with prison sentences for crack-cocaine offense until August 2010, the opportunity to petition a judge for a lesser sentence.

There are also prisoners creates developed to participate in programs to reduce the risk of relapse to decrease, with the reward a previous Version is complete, to either home confinement or a halfway house to the set. Relapses can programs come from non-profit organizations, faith-based organizations, universities, and private persons.

This option will not be made available to offenders convicted of were also because of the violent firearms offences, sexual exploitation of children, or high-level heroin and fentanyl use.

Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., said, the bill carves to make around 60 different crimes that prisoners for early release to a halfway house or home confinement.

Credit for good behavior

The prisoners were able to receive seven days of credit for good behavior each year of his or her sentence, with this bill, with the credits deducted from the sentence for early release.

For example, an inmate with a 10-year sentence, the maximum credit per year free set served 70 days might be too early. This change could save $414 million in the next 10 years, according to the Congressional Budget Office.

In addition, the bill expands eligibility for the elderly or terminally ill prisoners to secure the release compassionate.

Reaffirming the existing rules

The draft law focuses on the existing laws and regulations, to affirm, that the enforcement of those which, according to the Marshall project.

For example, the law on the use of restrictions for women who are pregnant expressly prohibits, in work or in postpartum recovery. This has been prohibited since 2008.

In addition, it would be necessary, the officials, the detention of offenders not more than 500 miles away from their home or the family, according to The Marshall project.

Fox News’ Samuel Chamberlain, and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Follow us

Don't be shy, get in touch. We love meeting interesting people and making new friends.

Most popular