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House poised to act on prison reform


"At first glance, they may seem like an unlikely pairing: a conservative congressman who represents the northeast corner of Georgia and a Democrat from the Congressional Black Caucus whose district includes Brooklyn and Queens. But together, Reps. Doug Collins, R-Ga., and Hakeem Jeffries, D-N.Y., have guided Congress toward taking its first steps in overhauling criminal justice."

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I read somewhere that this law would also increase mandatory federal "good time" from 47 to 54 days for each year of the sentence. The original good time law awards 54 days/year of good time, but the bop decided to use voodoo math to come up with 54 really means 47. Naturally the courts agreed that when the lawmakers wrote 54 days into the law they didn't actually mean 54 days.
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I read somewhere that this law would also increase mandatory federal "good time" from 47 to 54 days for each year of the sentence. The original good time law awards 54 days/year of good time, but the bop decided to use voodoo math to come up with 54 really means 47. Naturally the courts agreed that when the lawmakers wrote 54 days into the law they didn't actually mean 54 days.
I didn't see, in the article, anything about being retroactive. Has anyone heard about that? Also, what would the percentage, of incarceration, be if they mandated 54 days instead of 47?
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The law says 15%. 15% of 365 days = 54.75 days.



Here's how BOP's "voodoo math" turned that 15% into 13%.



Each day served earns you 1.15 days toward your sentence.



365 divided by 1.15 equals 317.4



365 - 317.4 = 47.6 days



Which is 13% of a year.
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The First Step Act has passed the House.
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President Trump's endorsed First Step Act Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2018. He's calling on the Senate to get him papers to sign before this year is out.
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This is a good thing no matter what This has Trump on the side of Prison reform and that just makes me happy. My husband is incarcerated in Wisconsin and there is a push for prison reform on the state level and they just got a new governor.

This would have never happened if Obama was in because the republican would have said no. I don't care how prison reform happens.
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I didn't see, in the article, anything about being retroactive. Has anyone heard about that? Also, what would the percentage, of incarceration, be if they mandated 54 days instead of 47?

85% rather that 87.5%
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The #FirstStepAct passed out of the Senate, 87-12


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"Requiring the Bureau of Prisons to put low-risk people in home confinement, which is currently underutilized, for the full amount of time allowed by law."

Does this mean the full 10% that they are eligible for, eliminating more HWH time or is there another "time allowed by law" I don't know about?

I know that there was talk that this would not help SO and yes, it's geared toward drug offenses in some specific areas but there are some things, such as getting rid of the Voodoo math and some other things that go across the board. I'm not necessarily excited about the 500 mile thing because it still seems to contain the same loophole as before, not to mention 500 is a lot!

Honestly I would have liked to have seen something that also addressed possible video visitation. The feds want to tout how important contact with family is and yet the distances' and financial issues often prevent a lot of that.
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Trump is signing the Bill later this week!

Too late to help my husband, but glad it will help so many others!

It is addressing both Prison and Sentencing Reform - Breaking News on CNN!!
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Trump is signing the Bill later this week!

Too late to help my husband, but glad it will help so many others!

It is addressing both Prison and Sentencing Reform - Breaking News on CNN!!
It may help him in the issue pertaining to the HWH
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It may help him in the issue pertaining to the HWH
True, but if not, it may help in terminating the HWH/HC period if they implement it quickly enough that he gets his 7 days back on that end and gets on SR a week earlier, which then also means he is off of it a week earlier too!

It would be great of course if it was implemented fast enough that he got his 7 days so fast that he gets out a week earlier in Jan, but no way they can move that fast, afterall it's the federal government, and when do they ever move fast, other than when it's to spend $! They think this is going to save money, but apparently the education CO told my husband that there is a lot of training and hiring they have to do for these progams, so who really knows? But getting the prisoners out will hopefully reduce prison size and close some of them that need to be closed.
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Trump is signing the bill into law tomorrow!!

https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry...b0432554c542b9

So for those of you that have been on the receiving end of prior changes, sentence reductions, etc., how long does it take before these new laws actually get implemented?

My husband is being released on Jan 31, we think he would get back 10 days of Good credit time, but don't think anything will be resolved before then, but possibly at the tail end of his Halfway House/Home Confinement Period and just cut that short.

Has anyone heard anything in the news about any of that stuff. Prisoners that are getting out over the next few months are the ones that this would have the greatest impact on in terms of immediately reducing their sentences and releasing them, but knowing how the BOP operates, they probably have too much inefficiencies to figure that out.

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I'm curious at how quickly things will move once everything is signed into law. From what I understand the biggest highlights are 1. Getting 54 vs 47 days, so you're gaining a week for every year of sentence. 2. 10 days for every 30 days for taking classes. This can add up quickly if you have been in class a lot. 3. Getting people to Home Confinement as quickly as possible from your eligible date. This could be big. My wife has said she doesn't see many women getting much more than a few weeks or a month or so in HWH or HC even though they have up to a year in HWH or HC. It will be interesting to see how this plays out.
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I'm curious at how quickly things will move once everything is signed into law. From what I understand the biggest highlights are 1. Getting 54 vs 47 days, so you're gaining a week for every year of sentence. 2. 10 days for every 30 days for taking classes. This can add up quickly if you have been in class a lot. 3. Getting people to Home Confinement as quickly as possible from your eligible date. This could be big. My wife has said she doesn't see many women getting much more than a few weeks or a month or so in HWH or HC even though they have up to a year in HWH or HC. It will be interesting to see how this plays out.
One of the articles I read said up to 4,000 people may qualify to be released the day the bill is enacted. That's the key, when is it enacted.

As for your #2, I believe I read that is not retroactive and it has to do with new programming. I know my husband's education CO where he is said that will take a lot of work to implement because not all prisons have that type of programming and they will have to hire and train a lot of people to teach these programs. So that one doesn't appear to be as great as it sounds just yet and the 3rd one, I'll believe it when I see it! There is already an underutilized program called FML that allows for inmates to go right to home confinement. However it is hardly ever used, so who knows if this bill will now force them to actually use it.

I doubt this will be enacted into law by the time my husband is out, but I'm hopeful he will get the tail end of it and at least get the time cut off his HWH/HC time, which appears to actually be 10 days not the 7 like I thought since his sentence was 18 months.

Very exciting for all the people who now truly have something to look forward to this holiday season!
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Here are a couple of articles that will help understand exactly what is / isn't in First Step Act:

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Here’s what the prison reform bill actually does — and doesn’t do

...The last major piece of federal legislation on criminal justice reform was the Fair Sentencing Act in 2010, which reduced the sentencing disparity between crack cocaine and powder cocaine from 100:1 to 18:1. Because crack cocaine impacted black neighborhoods so heavily in the 1980s, addressing that disparity was seen as a necessary way to begin rectifying racial imbalance in the criminal justice system.

Only problem: The new rules didn’t apply to federal prisoners convicted for crack cocaine offenses prior to 2010.

The First Step bill would make those reforms retroactive, meaning that some 2,500 federal inmates could be eligible for release or sentence reductions.

[The above is the only part of the Act that IS retroactive.]
https://news.vice.com/en_us/article/...-and-doesnt-do

S.3649 - The First Step Act
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For anyone who has time to do some reading, here is the entire text of the bill and amendments that was passed yesterday.

https://www.congress.gov/115/bills/s...115s756eas.pdf

Some of the programs, (ie the risk assessment of the inmates) doesn't even have to be established for 210 days, which is what I figured, so people who think they're going to get the 10 days off for every 30 served instantly, aren't going to get that so quickly since it will take a long time to get this up and running.
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As this is fed and not state, I hadn't paid much attention to the particulars (shame on me, I know). But I heard a super short summary on the radio today and one of the lines includes the removal of requirement that inmates be shackled while giving birth. Praise God. About damn time.

All of the commentators emphasized that this is exactly as the name implies-- a First Step. I do hope the momentum keeps up.

A side note: Harris, Booker and another senator who's name escapes me were able to push lynching under federal crime for the first time in history. A law one would hope wouldn't be in high demand, yet another hang-over from Good ol' Politics that needed to see change.
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Itís a start but itís official!

Trump signed the bill and now it is law!! Finally something positive for prison reform!
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This is going to take a while though. They have 210 days to create the "system" and then another 180 days after that to implement the "system". It would appear that the change from 47 to 54 should happen prior to the creation. I know where my husband is there is a lot of excitement, but the reality is that phone minutes, the 10 day credits for 30 days, etc... are likely over a year away.

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I agree that the bop will take their time. Even so, it doesn't look like they have much discretion to ignore the law, like they did with the Second Chance Act.
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This is going to take a while though. They have 210 days to create the "system" and then another 180 days after that to implement the "system". It would appear that the change from 47 to 54 should happen prior to the creation. I know where my husband is there is a lot of excitement, but the reality is that phone minutes, the 10 day credits for 30 days, etc... are likely over a year away.
And if it's anything like the creation and implementation at the state level, there are multiple processes for contesting and appealing the language of the thing. We're nearly two years out from our last "big one" and they just revised it again two weeks ago. :/
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