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Federal prison reform bill endorsed by President Trump

from By Michelle R. Matisons

Inside and outside criminal justice circles it's understood that the U.S. prison system, including state-run, private and immigration detention facilities, needs restructuring. The overcrowding of jail and prison facilities alone has led to massive health problems and social conflicts, which can lead to increased inmate deaths. In its effort to exploit fears of crime, the prison boom cast a net too wide and caught too many people in it. Now we are seeing the reaction, as the bipartisan First Step Act was passed by the House, recently publicly endorsed by President Trump, and is now in the Senate. more

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