How the First Step Act Benefits Federal Prisoners

Did you know the First Step Act may bring you or your loved one home from prison early? My partner is Shon Hopwood. Shon played a role in drafting legislation that President Trump signed into law as The First Step Act. He gave a lot of insight that I want to share with you. For example:

As a result of The First Step Act, some people will serve the majority of their sentences on home confinement rather than in prison.

In other words, if a judge sentenced a person to a prison term of nine years, the person won’t serve all of that time in prison. If the person qualifies for all benefits under The First Step Act, that person would serve about three years in prison. He would serve the remainder of the term on home confinement. Do you want to know what it takes to qualify and get full benefits from the First Step Act? Then click the following link to watch the interview I recorded with Shon.

To get more information on how the First Step Act will benefit you or your loved one in federal prison, sign up to the Prison Professors Newsletter on the First Step Act by clicking the link below. By signing up to our First Step Act Introduction newsletter, we’ll keep you up to date on how you or your loved one can get the most benefit from this law. Every person in federal prison qualifies to receive some benefits from the First Step Act. Examples of some benefits include:

  • 54 days of good time benefit
  • 10 days credit toward a transfer to home confinement
  • 5 additional days credit toward a transfer to home confinement
  • Access to more self-help programming
  • Access to more opportunities for telephone use
  • Access to more visiting

The First Step Act is the most important legislation to benefit people in federal prison in longer than 40 years. This law is a first step toward unwinding some of the damage that has come from our nation’s misguided commitment to mass incarceration. Every person who is going into the federal prison system should learn about the First Step Act. Further, family members that have loved ones in federal prison should learn more by watching Shon Hopwood talk about the benefits of this law. As the First Step Introduction video shows, this law takes a step in the right direction. It’s a first step. Sign up to stay current with what is going on with the First Step Act.

Shon Hopwood: First Step Act Introduction

Shon Hopwood: First Step Act Introduction

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