In what direction does the First Step Act lead us?

Proponents say it would significantly improve the prison system. Opponents say there are loopholes that would allow dangerous criminals to be released from prison


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Proponents of the First Step Act — a bipartisan law aimed at reforming the criminal justice system — say it would significantly improve the prison system. Opponents say there are loopholes that would allow dangerous criminals with a high probability to reoffend to be released from prison. The text of the law says that the BOP would adopt a risk assessment tool, assess all federal prisoners for their risk of recidivism, and categorize them as minimum, low, medium, or high risk. In this podcast segment, Jim and Doug discuss the First Step Act. 

Note: This podcast was recorded before the First Step Act was signed into law. 

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