What is the First Step Act?

The First Step Act (FSA) is a law, signed on December 21, 2018, with provisions that impact Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) inmates and their families. The law:

  • gives judges greater latitude in imposing mandatory minimum sentences,

  • allows inmates to earn increased good conduct time,

  • increases BOP recidivism reduction programming to address inmate's needs,

  • offers earned time credits for completion of recidivism reduction programs and/or productive activities, and

  • expands opportunities for inmate placement into residential reentry centers or home confinement.

The link below will take you to an overview of how this new law impacts federal sentencing.

Feel free to contact our office to discuss how the First Step Act might play a role into your federal case.


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