First Step Act Annual Report

“The First Step Act (FSA or the Act), passed into law in December 2018, was heralded as the culmination of a bipartisan effort to improve criminal justice outcomes, and to reduce the size of the federal prison population, while also maintaining public safety. Under Section 101 of the Act, now codified in 18 U.S.C. § 3634, the Attorney General is required to submit a report beginning two years after the date of enactment, and annually thereafter for a period of five years. The reports are to be delivered to the Committees on the Judiciary of the Senate and the House of Representatives and the Subcommittees on Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies of the Committees on Appropriations of the Senate and the House of Representatives. The first such Report was submitted to Congress and subsequently published on December 21, 2020.1 This is the second Annual Report submitted pursuant to Section 3634.”

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