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First Step Act, the Pandemic, and Compassionate Release: What Are the Next Steps for the Federal Bureau of Prisons? Hearing Before the Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security of the Committee on the Judiciary, U.S. House of Representatives, One Hundred Seventeeth Congress, Second Session, January 21, 2022   [open pdf - 50MB]

This is the January 21, 2022 hearing on "First Step Act, the Pandemic, and Compassionate Release: What Are the Next Steps for the Federal Bureau of Prisons [BOP]?," held before the U.S. House Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security of the Committee on the Judiciary. From the Opening Statement of Sheila Jackson Lee: "We are here today to discuss several topics. We are here to focus on the great concern including the Bureau of Prisons' implementation of The First Step Act as so many Members on this Committee worked very hard, including Hakeem Jeffries, Chair of the Democratic Caucus, working across the aisle as we did on that very important initiative, its use of compassionate release, or the lack thereof, and its response to the COVID-19 [coronavirus disease 2019] pandemic. In 2018, we passed a landmark piece of legislation, The First Step Act and aimed at transformational sentencing and prison reform at the federal level. It is an exceptional piece of legislation, and we must maximize its potential. Because we are here primarily to talk about the next steps for the Bureau of Prisons, I will focus on The First Step Act's legislation and its commitment to prison reform, which among other mandates, required BOP to create and use a risk and needs assessment tool to categorize federal prisoners as minimum, low, medium, or high risk to recidivate. Based on the resulting assessment, federal prisoners can earn time credits to reduce their sentences which can mean early release to a halfway house, home confinement, or early release to supervised release, all based upon the ability to rehabilitate and contribute to society. [...] It is my hope that this hearing that we will take additional steps to ensure BOP carries out its mission to confine offenders in prison and community-based facilities that are safe, humane, cost efficient, and appropriately secure and that provide work and other self-improvement opportunity to assist offenders in becoming law-abiding citizens." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Gwen Levi, Homer Venters, Alison Guernsey, Gretta L. Goodwin, Julie Kelly, and Melissa Hamilton.

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Serial No. 117-51
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2022
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Public Domain
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