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What Does the First Step Act Mean for Your Federal Drug Case?

By Spodek Law Group | May 23, 2023
(Last Updated On: July 28, 2023)

Last Updated on: 28th July 2023, 07:22 pm

Experience a Revolution in Federal Sentencing with the First Step Act

Discover the Life-Changing Potential of the First Step Act and witness a new era in federal sentencing. Signed into law in 2018, this immensely transformative piece of legislation offers a beacon of hope for those facing non-violent drug charges in federal court. By reducing mandatory sentences and allowing certain federal convicts to expunge their records more easily, the First Step Act (FSA) can truly make a monumental difference in your life.

The First Step Act significantly changes the landscape of federal court cases. Gone are the days when heartless and often life-altering mandatory minimums for repeat offenders were imposed, sometimes even resulting in life sentences. The FSA brings a breath of fresh air and a newfound sense of justice by reducing these minimums and making it considerably easier for non-violent offenders to expunge their records, allowing them to rebuild their lives and break free from the shackles of their past convictions.

Whether you have experienced the crushing weight of a charge, are the subject of an ongoing investigation, or have already been convicted of a non-violent drug offense, it is absolutely essential to consult a federal attorney to explore the life-altering possibilities the FSA may hold for you.

Important Aspects of the FSA

At first glance, the FSA may appear to be a tangled web of statutory language, given its bipartisan support and complex nature. However, upon closer examination, three essential components can be discerned within the legislation:

  1. The Bureau of Prisons is tasked with establishing a risk assessment and needs assessment system for prisoners;
  2. Mandatory minimums have been altered for certain federal offenses in order to fix the broken sentencing system;
  3. The Second Chance Act of 2007 has been reauthorized, breathing new life into programs that offer hope to countless individuals.

How the First Step Act is Changing the Justice System

The FSA is ushering in an unprecedented change in the federal justice system. By allowing federal judges to sentence defendants to shorter prison terms than the previously mandated minimums, this exceptional legislation has redefined the rules by enshrining this provision into law.

Not only have mandatory minimums been dramatically reduced, particularly for repeat offenders, but the FSA has also introduced a groundbreaking “time credits” system. This remarkable innovation enables federal prisoners who have demonstrated good behavior to access pre-release custody early, often in the form of house arrest or halfway houses, transforming the lives of countless individuals for the better.

Incentivizing Good Behavior and Rehabilitating Prisoners

Unfortunately, not every prisoner will be eligible for this life-changing time credit program, as certain crimes exclude convicts from participation. Nonetheless, these individuals are still provided the invaluable opportunity to complete recidivism reduction programs, earning benefits such as additional visitation privileges that powerfully motivate and encourage rehabilitation.

The FSA also breathes new life into programs originally created by the Second Chance Act, modifying and improving upon them to better assist federal convicts. These revamped programs now offer critical support to individuals as they navigate the challenging path of substance abuse recovery, access career training and mentorship, and ultimately reintegrate into mainstream society after serving time in prison.

Sentencing Reform Explained

To further appreciate the sweeping change the FSA has brought about, it is essential to understand the specific changes made to the minimum sentences for non-violent drug offenses:

Offender Type Previous Mandatory Minimum Sentence New Mandatory Minimum Sentence
Repeat offender with one prior conviction 20 years 15 years
Repeat offender with two prior convictions Life sentence 25 years

Moreover, mandatory minimum sentences cannot be imposed for repeat offenses unless the first conviction involved a serious violent crime or a serious drug crime.

A serious drug crime is defined as a crime with a maximum prison sentence of ten or more years, with the convict having served over 12 months in prison and having been released no more than 15 years prior to their second offense. Violent felony convicts also must have served a minimum of 12 months in prison.

Finally, judges now possess greater leeway to provide discretionary sentencing for first-time offenders, particularly for those with clean criminal records who are dedicated to turning their lives around. In these cases, judges have the power to waive the mandatory minimums, allowing for more compassionate and just outcomes.

Embrace the groundbreaking potential of the First Step Act and let it be your guiding light towards a brighter future.

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