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The Truth about the FIRST STEP Act
National Review ^ | November 27, 2018 | Senator Mike Lee

Posted on 12/02/2018 4:23:04 PM PST by Tolerance Sucks Rocks

As a former federal prosecutor, I am clear-eyed about crime. Unlike some reformers, I don’t think our justice system is fundamentally broken, unjust, or corrupt. I have nothing but respect for law-enforcement officials, who put themselves in danger every single day in order to protect the public. I know from experience that dangerous criminals exist — individuals who are incapable of or uninterested in rehabilitation and change. We should throw the book at those people.

But my time as a prosecutor also tells me that not every criminal is dangerous or incapable of living a productive life. My faith as a Christian teaches me that many people are capable of redemption. And my instincts as a conservative make me believe that the government can be reformed to work better. For those reasons, I believe the FIRST STEP Act is legislation that deserves the support of all conservatives.

It deals primarily with time credits that federal inmates can use to secure their transfer from prison to pre-release custody — meaning home confinement, supervised release, or a halfway house. The bill clarifies that most prisoners can earn up to 54 days of credit per year if they “display exemplary compliance with institutional disciplinary regulations.” This is a modest change from existing law, which has been interpreted to allow 47 days of good-time credits per year. In addition, the bill creates a new credit for participating in recidivism-reduction programs or other productive activities that facilitate reentry into society.

Because most of the criticism of the FIRST STEP Act has focused on this recidivism-reduction credit, it’s worth outlining the specifics in more detail.

(Excerpt) Read more at nationalreview.com ...


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Editorial; Government; News/Current Events; US: Arkansas; US: Utah
KEYWORDS: 8thamendment; arkansas; conservatism; credits; firststepact; goodbehavior; inmates; justicereform; mikelee; prisons; recidivism; reforms; sentencing; tomcotton; utah

1 posted on 12/02/2018 4:23:04 PM PST by Tolerance Sucks Rocks
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks
Okay then.


2 posted on 12/02/2018 4:28:45 PM PST by Artemis Webb
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks
"As a former federal prosecutor, I am clear-eyed about crime. Unlike some reformers, I don’t think our justice system is fundamentally broken, unjust, or corrupt."

Whoever wrote that must live in a cave somewhere and have no sources of information at all.

3 posted on 12/02/2018 4:39:04 PM PST by Baynative ("A man is not old until regrets take the place of dreams." - John Barrymore)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks
"Senator Cotton contends that the bill would allow serious fentanyl dealers to reduce their sentences by half. What he either doesn’t know or fails to mention is that this applies only to the enhancement part of their sentence, not the underlying crime. Under current law, certain second-time drug dealers receive a 20-year mandatory minimum, while certain third-time drug dealers receive a mandatory life sentence. The FIRST STEP Act would reduce those mandatory minimums to 15 years and 25 years, respectively. The Sentencing Commission tells us that, in 2017, 56 people were sentenced pursuant to those mandatory minimums, and that the average sentence for those offenders under our bill would be 211 months — or 17 years and seven months in prison. Not exactly soft on crime."
4 posted on 12/02/2018 4:39:08 PM PST by NobleFree ("law is often but the tyrant's will, and always so when it violates the right of an individual")
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Wouldn’t it be easier to just Distribute all the Fentanyl Seized to our prisons so they can have one last hurrah??


5 posted on 12/02/2018 4:46:06 PM PST by eyeamok
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks
With rapidly expiring time for the republican House to join the Senate and do something important, like fund the Wall, why are we wasting that time on something ambiguous and bound to be corrupted, which the ‘rats will be glad to do later anyway? I do not trust Mike Lee. Flunks my smell test on this.
6 posted on 12/02/2018 4:52:57 PM PST by hinckley buzzard (Power is more often surrendered than seized.)
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To: hinckley buzzard

Utah only elects Cheap Labor Express stooges, same as South Carolina.


7 posted on 12/02/2018 5:04:48 PM PST by Lurkinanloomin (Natural Born Citizen Means Born Here of Citizen Parents__Know Islam, No Peace - No Islam, Know Peace)
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To: hinckley buzzard
I do not trust Mike Lee.

Do you trust President Trump, who also supports the act? "President Donald J. Trump Calls on Congress to Pass the FIRST STEP Act" - https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefings-statements/president-donald-j-trump-calls-congress-pass-first-step-act/

8 posted on 12/02/2018 5:07:47 PM PST by NobleFree ("law is often but the tyrant's will, and always so when it violates the right of an individual")
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

NOBODY WANTED THIS BILL! This bill is a waste of time and a pathetic attempt at pandering. I’m tired of the agenda being set by the Chamber of Commerce and the people who voted for Trump being always placed LAST.


9 posted on 12/02/2018 5:08:26 PM PST by Shadow44
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks
No real details here to judge whether or not the Bill is any good.
Until Hillary and the rest of the Uranium One criminals are in jail for a very long time, along with "Russia Collusion DemocRATS" that are the REAL GUILTY, don't go changing the crime laws.
10 posted on 12/02/2018 5:37:44 PM PST by Yosemitest (It's SIMPLE ! ... Fight, ... or Die !)
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To: Baynative
From my experience, reading just a few lines and reacting usually ends up with the wrong impression. Mike Lee is one of the co-authors of the prison reform bill.

President Trump backs prison reform legislation co-written by Utah Sen. Mike Lee

Like you I am still miffed at Mike Lee for this back in Oct. 2016 But he is not saying that reform is not needed. 8>)

11 posted on 12/02/2018 6:57:53 PM PST by Robert DeLong
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

(1) The author forgot to mention that 96% of the people in federal prison have pleaded guilty to a REDUCED charge. In other words, the general public will have no idea what crimes these people have actually committed.

(2) The author forgot to mention that one third of federal prisoners are not USA citizens. Are they eligible for release?

(3) The author forgot to mention that President Trump has the power to pardon or commute the sentence of any federal convict. If thousands of federal convicts have been unjustly imprisoned, why doesn’t Trump release them immediately?

Answer - because Trump is demanding Congressional and MSM cover for releasing people he knows are going to commit new crimes!


12 posted on 12/02/2018 8:33:52 PM PST by zeestephen
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To: NobleFree

Trump is vulnerable where his family is concerned. And this is the Jared Kushner Was Embarrassed Act.

http://www.anncoulter.com/columns/2018-11-21.html


13 posted on 12/02/2018 8:42:13 PM PST by 9YearLurker
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To: Baynative

Having done Crime Stat research for a decade, it’s a LIE #1. #2 EVERY FORM OF REFORM has been tried. It all FAILED. Only 2 things work INCARCERATION and the DEATH PENALTY. Recidivism at the 11 month 29 day facilities is 95%. 30 DAY SERVE RATE. National is nearly 70% probably over as Crime is Hierarchical Counted. Plea Deals. Crimes committed while on bail, parole or probation are in the MILLIONS.

Dumbest line I heard while sitting in the court room waiting for my 16 yr old’s son’s SOCIOPATHIC killer to be called was “YOUR HONOR, MY CLIENT IS NOT IN YOUR COURT TODAY, HE’S IN JUDGE .... COURT. BAIL WAS NOT REVOKED. COME BACK IN 30 DAYS. WHICH JUDGE #2 WOULD ALSO TELL THE PREP.

BTW Jeremy’s killer ambushed him on his way home from school and BEAT him to death for the jollies, then went and bragged about it to his friends and dragged them to the site of the crime. Stood there as police were investigating as 1 of them called the police. Ran, got caught took over 2 yrs to reach a Plea Deal of 20 yrs from a Murder 1 to a Murder 2 charge. Served 10.5 yrs as I fought those 6 parole hearings using their FAKE stats.

ELIZABETHTON, Tenn. - The Force was not on Luke Sky Walker’s side when he was arrested by police this week.

According to Elizabethton Tennessee Police, a man named Luke Sky Walker was arrested Thursday for violation of probation.

“Court records show the 21-year-old from Johnson City was on probation in connection to a felony theft charge.”

“Walker was arrested at the Probation and Parole Office and taken to the Carter County Detention Center. Mark Hamill responded with this tweet.”

https://www.nbc4i.com/news/u-s-world/luke-sky-walker-arrested-in-tennessee/1634642084?fbclid=IwAR2NJnskghnBxLa8BjT5KE3GVEFMRsiHa7NlTCU_FayBFIwSTZSyeF1oNck


14 posted on 12/03/2018 7:28:36 AM PST by GailA (Wife of RET. SCPO, GET OVER IT, DONALD TRUMP IS PRESIDENT!)
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To: zeestephen

Thank you. Many are big time drug dealers too. TONS of the stuff. Meanwhile this FAKE OPIOID CRISIS is based on LIES by Redfield and Kolodny and Krebs. Redfield’s 37 yr old son OD’d on Heroin/Fenatyal and has charges pending in MD for Illicit drugs. Kolodny owns Suboxone Clinics. Krebs wants more Research $$. All this is cloaked in wrong words. INTRACTABLE PAIN, also known as Intractable Pain Disease or IP, is a severe, constant pain that is not curable by any known means and which causes a bed or house-bound state and early death if not adequately treated, usually with opioids and/or interventional procedures. It is not relieved by ordinary medical, surgical, nursing, or pharmaceutical measures.

CHRONIC PAIN IS SHORT TERMED and can be treated.

Prescription drugs are Opioids or Pain Meds. Heroin etc are ILLICIT DRUGS either smuggled or made be dealers synthetic Fenatayl is the most faked, and most imported from CHINA through the USPS.

# inflated https://www.painnewsnetwork.org/stories/2018/3/21/cdc-admits-rx-opioid-deaths-significantly-inflated

Even the # of Prescription Pain Meds has been OVER INFLATED. https://www.acsh.org/news/2018/03/19/cdc-quietly-admits-it-screwed-dishonestly-counting-pills-12717

The Myth https://www.cato.org/policy-report/septemberoctober-2017/myth-opioid-prescription-crisis

4 decades of Failure https://www.cato.org/publications/policy-analysis/four-decades-counting-continued-failure-war-drugs

https://www.wvgazettemail.com/news/health/wv_drug_abuse/dea-seeks-to-hide-some-reasons-for-keeping-painkiller-numbers/article_6008285f-b6ef-5304-aa61-c8a82fc15ab2.html

http:www.nationalpainreport.com/cdc-opioid-prescribing-guideline-unintentional-consequences-8836710.html

Opioid addiction and death mail-ordered to your door
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-43146286

CDC Report Ignores Suicides of Pain Patients
http://painsproject.org/cdc-report-ignores-suicides-of-pain-patients/

2 nurses OD’d needle tracks in arm heroin user https://www.dallasnews.com/news/investigations/2018/12/02/two-nurses-died-overdoses-inside-dallas-hospital-went-wrong?fbclid=IwAR38B2fX4jvD3Ts8YPGy5R5SBh6SFdjGpsMQl1BAldCBV-gxZqAV05ovcng

Drug company raised price of lifesaving opioid overdose antidote more than 600 percent
https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/health/2018/11/19/kaleo-opioid-overdose-antidote-naloxone-evzio-rob-portman-medicare-medicaid/2060033002/

New CDC chief Robert Redfield pledges to bring opioid epidemic ‘to its knees’
http://www.onlineathens.com/nationworld/20180329/new-cdc-chief-robert-redfield-pledges-to-bring-opioid-epidemic-to-its-knees

Top doctor of the CDC nearly lost his son to fentanyl, calls opioid addiction ‘the public health crisis of our time’
http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/ny-dr-robert-redfield-jr-fentanyl-cdc-cocaine-crisis-20180717-story.html

Kolodny Phoenix House
https://edsinfo.wordpress.com/2015/09/29/kolodnys-phoenix-house-drug-rehab-spun-out-of-control/

Robert Redfield, CDC director: Opioid epidemic worse than HIV
https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2018/jul/8/robert-redfield-cdc-director-opioid-epidemic-worse/

The CDC director’s deeply personal reason for fighting opioids: His son nearly died of an overdose
http://www.chicagotribune.com/lifestyles/health/ct-cdc-director-son-opioid-overdose-20180717-story.html

IT’S DEEPLY PERSONAL
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/to-your-health/wp/2018/07/17/the-cdc-directors-deeply-personal-reason-for-fighting-opioids-his-son-nearly-died-of-an-overdose/?utm_term=.47fc70b780db

US health official reveals fentanyl almost killed his son
http://www.gazettextra.com/news/nation_world/us-health-official-reveals-fentanyl-almost-killed-his-son/article_0b213987-d890-5898-afaa-0f062416fa90.html

CDC DIRECTOR REVEALS FENTANYL (COCAINE) ALMOST KILLED HIS SON “the public health crisis of our time.”
https://www.newsmax.com/t/newsmax/article/872337?section=newsfront&keywords=cdc-director-opioids-robert-redfield-fentanyl&year=2018&month=07&date=18&id=872337&aliaspath=%2FManage%2FArticles%2FTemplate-Main

CDC Chief Robert Redfield Reveals Fentanyl (COCAINE) Almost Killed His Son
https://remonews.com/cdc-chief-robert-redfield-reveals-fentanyl-almost-killed-his-son/

Public records show that his son, a 37-year-old musician, was charged with drug possession in Maryland, Maryland. The outcome of the case is not available in public records.

CDC head
On the face of it, veteran virologist Robert Redfield seems like a good pick to lead the agency, but decades-old disputes are shadowing his appointment.
https://www.kff.org/news-summary/opinion-piece-argues-robert-redfield-not-fit-to-be-cdc-director/

Virologist Robert Redfield Named as Next CDC Director
https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/virologist-robert-redfield-named-as-next-cdc-director/

AIDS Researcher Top Candidate to Lead the C.D.C.
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/03/17/health/cdc-robert-redfield-director.html

This is just the tip of the FAKE Iceberg. Younger War Wounded Veterans are Committing Suicide at a higher rate as well as older Retired Veterans. Also INTRACTABLE PAIN PATIENTS are also committing SUICIDE at high rates that ARE NOT BEING REPORTED. Cancer Patients are being Denied the high doses of Pain Meds by CVS, Walgreen’s and Walmart. They may have to go to 10 or more Pharmacies to find 1 who is willing to fill their scripts.

Why would you FORCE a severe Osteoporosis patient and a Chemo bone weakened patient to take a Steroid shot that resulted in 5 Fractures in 1 week knowing Steroids are BONE DESTRUCTION DRUGS before they could have another type of treatment? Same goes for Gastro Patients why script Known GI upsetting drugs? Or Heart Patients drugs that are known to cause heart disease?


15 posted on 12/03/2018 8:05:50 AM PST by GailA (Wife of RET. SCPO, GET OVER IT, DONALD TRUMP IS PRESIDENT!)
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To: GailA; Baynative
Re: EVERY FORM OF REFORM has been tried. It all FAILED.

I have two personal anecdotes you might find interesting...

In the 1970s, I had a college classmate who majored in psychology. He accepted an interim job as a probation officer while waiting to get into a PHD program.

I asked him how the job was going. He responded: “They are sociopaths. They are ALL sociopaths.”

About 10 years later, I developed a casual “chess club” friendship with another Psych major who was an assistant pastor at a local church.

My chess friend's marriage was breaking up, so he accepted a “live-in” counseling job at a really nice local Half-Way House (more like dormitory), which was actually on the grounds of a federal maximum security prison.

I walked out to his new residence several times to play chess, and, naturally, I asked how things were working out for him.

He responded: “Great, once I got used to fact that I am the only person living here who is not a sociopath.”

16 posted on 12/03/2018 2:50:53 PM PST by zeestephen
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To: zeestephen

BINGO. TN WILL END 1 OF THEM THURSDAY IF ALL GOES AS PLANNED, 3RD THIS YEAR 59 MORE TO GO.


17 posted on 12/04/2018 7:48:41 AM PST by GailA (Wife of RET. SCPO, GET OVER IT, DONALD TRUMP IS PRESIDENT!)
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