First Step Act
The First Step Act (FSA) is significant bi-partisan legislation promoting criminal justice reform.
The FSA will transform the operations and processes of federal corrections and reentry for many years to come.
Reduction in Recidivism
A new risk and needs assessment system will be developed to assess the recidivism risk and identify the criminogenic reducing needs of all federal prisoners and be used to assign inmates to programs and evidence-based recidivism productive activities.
Incentives For Success
Inmates can earn incentives and eligible inmates can earn time credits for completion of recidivism reducing programs, and other productive activities.
Inmates are placed in facilities closer to their home, and the BOP has expanded opportunities for placement in home confinement.
Enhanced correctional procedures, access to medication assisted treatment, and other criminal justice-related provisions.
The safety valve applicable to mandatory minimum sentences has been expanded and the Fair Sentencing Act is retroactive.
Statistics will be collected and analyzed, additional standards will be developed, and programs and the risk and needs assessment system will be evaluated periodically to ensure effectiveness.
Fair Sentencing / Retroactive Sentence Reductions
Ready to Work Initiative
Elderly Offender Home Confinement
Compassionate Releases / Reduction in Sentences
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The First Step Act
Public Law 115-391Read the law in its entirety at congress.gov >
Risk & Needs Assessment System
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Submit proven programs to reduce recidivism through the FSA External Program Review process.
If you have an evidence-based recidivism reducing program you'd like to propose to BOP, you can submit it for consideration to be used in the Bureau of Prisons. Each program submission will be independently reviewed by social research scientists from an external organization to determine if evidence of recidivism reduction is observed and other BOP-relevant criteria are met.