U.S. Senate passes the First Step Act

The U.S. Senate passed the First Step Act that would roll back what are seen as excessively punitive criminal justice policies that have been in place since the crackdown on crime in the 1980s.
Vamsi Athreya

Updated: Dec 21,2018 12:15:03 pm

U.S. Senate passes the First Step Act

21 December 2018 Current Affairs:

The U.S. Senate passed the First Step Act, a criminal justice reform Bill, that would roll back what are seen as excessively punitive criminal justice policies that have been in place since the crackdown on crime in the 1980s.
The Bill benefits federally convicted individuals, mostly serving drug offences. Major reforms include reducing the disparity in how crack cocaine and powder cocaine offences are treated by federal law, the differential treatment of the types of cocaine offences tends to be harsher on African-American users. Some 2,000 federal offenders are likely to be impacted by this.
The leaders of the U.S. House expects the Bill to pass their chamber so that President Trump can sign it into law.

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