Skip to comments.The Truth about the FIRST STEP Act
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 dont 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, its worth outlining the specifics in more detail.
(Excerpt) Read more at nationalreview.com ...
Whoever wrote that must live in a cave somewhere and have no sources of information at all.
Wouldn’t it be easier to just Distribute all the Fentanyl Seized to our prisons so they can have one last hurrah??
Utah only elects Cheap Labor Express stooges, same as South Carolina.
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/
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.
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>)
(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!
Trump is vulnerable where his family is concerned. And this is the Jared Kushner Was Embarrassed Act.
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.”
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.
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
Opioid addiction and death mail-ordered to your door
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
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’
Robert Redfield, CDC director: Opioid epidemic worse than HIV
The CDC director’s deeply personal reason for fighting opioids: His son nearly died of an overdose
IT’S DEEPLY PERSONAL
US health official reveals fentanyl almost killed his son
CDC DIRECTOR REVEALS FENTANYL (COCAINE) ALMOST KILLED HIS SON “the public health crisis of our time.”
CDC Chief Robert Redfield Reveals Fentanyl (COCAINE) 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.
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.
Virologist Robert Redfield Named as Next CDC Director
AIDS Researcher Top Candidate to Lead the C.D.C.
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?
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.”
BINGO. TN WILL END 1 OF THEM THURSDAY IF ALL GOES AS PLANNED, 3RD THIS YEAR 59 MORE TO GO.
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