Apr 08, 2019

More Work Remains, But First Step Act Progress is Encouraging

Post by Freedom Partners

Arlington, VA – Today, the U.S. Justice Department (DoJ) announced progress on implementing the bipartisan First Step Act, which passed Congress overwhelmingly and was signed into law by President Trump at the end of 2018.

DoJ said it has tapped the Hudson Institute to appoint and host the Independent Review Committee authorized by the law. The committee will assist DoJ in developing and implementing risk and needs assessment tools and evidence-based recidivism reduction programs for federal prisoners to participate in.

Freedom Partners Chairman Mark Holden issued the following statement:

“It’s encouraging to see the progress DoJ is making to implement the First Step Act, the most important federal criminal justice reform in a generation. While the law is already working to create second chances for people who are ready to improve their lives, its full impact won’t be realized unless Congress provides full funding and leaders at DOJ and BOP continue heeding President Trump’s call to implement it properly. We’re pleased that Attorney General Barr and his staff are taking steps in the right direction and we’ll continue doing our part to bring about meaningful criminal justice reform at all levels, both this year and beyond.”