More than 3,100 people will be released from federal prison under the First Step Act, a bipartisan criminal justice reform measure signed into law last year, the Justice Department said Friday.
They will be released from Bureau of Prisons custody due to increased good conduct time under the law, according to a department statement. An additional 1,691 people will receive reduced sentences due to the law's retroactive application of a 2010 law that reduces sentencing disparities between crack cocaine and powder cocaine.
The Department of Justice also announced the publication of a system to help identify inmates who may qualify for pre-release custody based on participation in programs to reduce recidivism or "productive activities."
"Our communities are safer when we do a better job of rehabilitating offenders in our custody and preparing them for a successful transition to life after incarceration,” Attorney General William BarrBill BarrWoodward: Milley was 'setting in motion sensible precautions' with calls to China Barr-Durham investigation again fails to produce a main event Virginia governor's race enters new phase as early voting begins MORE said.
“The Department is committed to and has been working towards full implementation of the First Step Act, which will help us effectively deploy resources to help reduce risk, recidivism, and crime,” he said.
Lawmakers from both parties celebrated the announcement on Twitter.
Congress came together to pass the #FirstStepAct.— Hakeem JeffriesHakeem Sekou JeffriesDemocrats seek to cool simmering tensions Former Bad Boy rapper turned politician meets with US lawmakers Watch live: House Democratic leaders hold press conference MORE (@RepJeffries) July 19, 2019
We struck a bipartisan blow against the mass incarceration epidemic.
The bill expanded good time credit and did it retroactively.
Over 3000 men & women are being released today as a result.
Great updates today on how the Bureau of Prisons and @TheJusticeDept are efficiently, effectively implementing the #FirstStepAct to give our communities a safer and more hopeful future. pic.twitter.com/7otC9yade8— Rep. Doug CollinsDouglas (Doug) Allen CollinsLoeffler meets with McConnell amid speculation of another Senate run Georgia agriculture commissioner launches Senate campaign against Warnock Poll shows tight GOP primary for Georgia governor MORE (@RepDougCollins) July 19, 2019