1st Jan 2019

The First Step Act reduces mandatory minimums, but many of these reductions do not apply retroactively. Other provisions would help many if well implemented. more

9th Sep 2015

H.R. 2944, the Sensenbrenner-Scott SAFE Justice Reinvestment Act of 2015, has bipartisan support in the House, but enacting it will be very difficult. more

29th May 2015

Some in Congress have proposed a National Criminal Justice Commission. Comprehensive research could be helpful, but it seems unlikely to happen. more

14th Apr 2015

Several bills proposed in Congress would help people with criminal records reintegrate into society, but these bills will probably not become law. more

19th Mar 2015

Some proposals for significant sentencing reforms have been made in the House of Representatives, but it is very unlikely that they will move forward. more

12th Mar 2015

Last year’s Recidivism Reduction Act has been introduced as the CORRECTIONS Act in the Senate. If wisely administered, inmates could earn an early release. more

4th Mar 2015

The Smarter Sentencing Act of 2015 would decrease the application of mandatory minimums for certain drug offenses, but its enactment faces difficulties. more