A Second Look at a Second Chance: Seeking a Sentence Reduction under the Compassionate Release Statute, 18 U.S.C. § 3582(c)(1)(A), as Amended by the First Step Act

There is a viable argument for why federal district court judges can use the compassionate release statute, as amended by the First Step Act, as a second look provision to reduce a sentence for people in federal prison if “extraordinary and compelling reasons” are...

The Fight for the First Step Act

By the time this post is published, the Yale Law Journal Online will have published a series of essays from the formerly incarcerated, including mine on The Effort to Reform the Federal Criminal Justice System. In the essay, I explain how the First Step Act came to...
What Is The First Step Act?

What Is The First Step Act?

The First Step Act is the most meaningful prison-reform legislation that has passed since President Clinton signed the Anti-Terrorism and Death Penalty Act, back in 1996. It applies to all people in federal prison. President Trump signed the First Step Act into law in...

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