DOJ Announces Big Plans for Criminal Justice Reform

The Department of Justice announced Friday that 3,100 federal inmates are being released as part of the criminal justice reform bill President Trump signed into law last year.

At the same time, it published new standards to identify other inmates who may be eligible for the procedure.

“Starting today at prisons around the country, nearly 3,100 inmates are being released from BOP (Bureau of Prisons) custody due to the increase in good conduct time applied to reduce their sentences under the First Step Act,” Deputy Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen told reporters.

It marks the largest group to be freed so far under a clause in the First Step Act that reduces sentences due to “earned good time.” In addition to reuniting with their families, the formerly incarcerated citizens hope to get employment opportunities announced by Trump last month at the White House as part of the “Second Chance” hiring program.