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Roughly 3,100 federal prison inmates will soon be released, the Department of Justice announced Friday, as part of implementation of federal criminal justice reform enacted into law last year.
"The timely, efficient, and effective implementation of the First Step Act is a priority for the Department of Justice and this Administration," Deputy Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen said. "Starting today at prisons around the country, nearly 3,100 inmates are being released from BOP custody due to the increase in good conduct time applied to reduce their sentences under the First Step Act."
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One of the major changes brought about by the FIRST STEP Act, a bipartisan reform bill that even earned the approval of usually "tough-on-crime" President Donald Trump, was a reform to the system of federal "good time" credits. These credits provide a sentence reduction for well-behaved prisoners, and are meant to incentivize reform and reduce recidivism.
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Prior to the FIRST STEP Act, the Bureau of Prisons interpreted existing law to grant prisoners 47 days off for every year of good time served. But the bill clarified that rule, retroactively increasing the number to 54 days off. The 3,100 prisoners slated to be released are the beneficiaries of this change, having gained days for time already served.
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