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Why DeSantis Wants to Kill Trump’s Prison Reform Law
The Florida governor aims to be tougher on crime than any other presidential hopeful.
August 10, 2021
These Meds Prevent Overdoses. Few Federal Prisoners Are Getting Them
Three years after the First Step Act required the Bureau of Prisons to treat more people with medications for opioid addiction, only a tiny fraction are receiving them.
November 11, 2020
The United States of Incarceration
The United States locks up more people per capita than any other developed country. Here’s why.
June 18, 2019
First Step Offers Release for Some Prisoners—But Not Non-Citizens
About 750 federal inmates will be transferred to Immigration and Customs Enforcement custody starting in mid-July.
June 5, 2019
White House Pushing to Help Prisoners Before Their Release
Officials are trying to line up jobs and housing for 2,200 inmates who are scheduled to be freed in July under the First Step Act.
March 12, 2019
First Step Act Comes Up Short in Trump’s 2020 Budget
Supporters worry because law seeks $75 million a year for five years, but president’s plan lists $14 million.
March 5, 2019
Would Expanded Criminal Background Checks Hurt Federal Job Applicants?
Critics oppose disclosing enrollment in drug-court programs and other prison alternatives.
November 16, 2018
What’s Really in the First Step Act?
Too much? Too little? You be the judge.
June 18, 2018
Van Jones Answers His Critics
The CNN host defends his involvement with a controversial prison reform bill and the Trump White House.