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.