Congress Passes First Step Act

On Tuesday, the Senate passed the First Step Act with an overwhelming vote of 87 to 12.  Earlier today the House of Representatives followed suit, passing the bill with a vote of 358-36. 

As reported by The Washington Post, President Trump expressed his support for the bill via a series of tweets and is expected to sign it.

This criminal justice reform bill only applies to federally incarcerated people, who make up about 10% of the total incarcerated population.  The bill, which lays out plans to revise federal sentencing guidelines and offer clemency for certain federal offenders, was a bipartisan effort. 

Co-sponsor Sen. Partick Leahy (D-Vt.) said “The First Step Act represents years of bipartisan work to address some of the most egregious and unjust outcomes in our criminal justice system. While our work is not done, these reforms, and how senators came together to produce them, represent the best of the Senate, and it will make a real difference in the lives of so many.”

However, The Washington Post reports that “even some GOP supporters fear [supporting the bill] could leave them vulnerable to charges of being soft on crime,” despite the fact that it is expected to save money by reducing the prison population.

The Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association (FLEOA), whose opposition to the bill was previously reported by FEDagent, remains opposed to the bill.  FLEOA President Nate Catura stated, “Although the First Step Act included many provisions that FLEOA supported, we felt it was too soft on criminals and neglected to sufficiently protect victims and society. FLEOA supported the addition of amendments sponsored by Senators Cotton and Kennedy that would have made the First Step Act more balanced. These amendments were not included in the final bill. As a result, FLEOA feels that the First Step Act is deeply flawed and its implementation precarious.”

Posted in Featured News

Print

This Week on FEDtalk

Ethics and Accountability for Government Attorneys

Tune in to FEDtalk this week for a discussion of ethics and accountability in the federal government. The guests will cover the Professional Review process for government attorneys and other government ethics considerations.

Read more ...

Hear it from FLEOA

FLEOA Scores Legal Victory for Agents with Hearing Loss

Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association (FLEOA) National President Nathan Catura released a statement earlier this week that detailed a settlement impacting agents with hearing loss.

Read more ...
FEDagent

FEDagent.com

The free weekly e-report for Federal Law Enforcement

Get in touch with us

Email FEDagent publisher

Copyright 2019 FEDagent.com
Hosted by Peak Media Company, LLC