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June 01, 2024

Despite First Step Act, some federal inmates remain in prison extra months

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The Trump-era First Step Act has allowed thousands of nonviolent federal offenders to leave prison sooner, but advocates say they have reviewed numerous instances of inmates remaining behind bars longer than they should be — raising questions about ongoing implementation failures.

Rep. David Trone, D-Md., a member of the House Appropriations Committee, said additional savings are incurred when an inmate who has been through First Step Act programs is rehabilitated, finds work through transitional housing and, ultimately, does not return to prison.

“I always refer to the First Step Act as criminal justice lite,” Trone said. “We need to get real savings and give people real second chances. We haven’t executed the First Step Act properly.”

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