Formerly Incarcerated People Will Host A Presidential Town Hall This Month

October 08, 2019

The end of this month will feature an unusual town hall for Democratic presidential candidates: a forum hosted by formerly incarcerated people. On Oct. 28, Voters Organized to Educate is holding Justice Votes 2020: A Presidential Town Hall at Eastern State Penitentiary, the former prison in Pennsylvania.

First Step Act Cut Sentences for 1,051 Fed Prisoners in Four Months: Report

June 10, 2019

Just over 1,000 individuals incarcerated in federal prisons were granted sentence reductions in the four months since the First Step Act was signed into law, according to the United States Sentencing Commission (USSC).

Their sentences were reduced by a mean of 73 months or 29.4 percent, as a result of the resentencing provisions allowed under the Act which, in addition to shortening mandatory minimum sentences for nonviolent drug offense, applied resentencing to be applied retroactively to individuals convicted of crack cocaine offenses before 2010—when the federal government reduced disparities between crack and powder cocaine offenses.

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