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"The First Step Act released them from prison. Then the government tried to lock them back up.," by Gavin Jenkins, Washington Post, July 25, 2021
"Compassionate Release and the Pandemic: A Policy Failure?," by Emily Riley, The Crime Report, July 12, 2021
"Congress must act to correct flaws in the First Step Act," by Eric Gonzalez and Kassandra Frederique, The Hill, June 20, 2021
"High Court Considers Shorter Sentences for Crack Cocaine Charges," by Jack Rodgers, Courthouse News Service, May 04, 2021
"Thirty-Year Drug Sentence Must Be Reduced Under First Step Act," by Bernie Pazanowski, Bloomberg Law, April 27, 2021
"She got life in a drug case. Decades later, Colombian woman free, thanks to Florida supporters," by Jay Weaver and Antonio Maria Delgado, Miami Herald, April 17, 2021
"An Incarcerated Texan Says He Should Already Be Home. Why Is He Still In Federal Lockup?," by Paul DeBenedetto, Texas Standard, April 13, 2021
"Thousands of Sick Federal Prisoners Sought Compassionate Release. 98 Percent Were Denied.," By Keri Blakinger and Joseph Neff, The Marshall Project, October 07, 2020
"Compassionate release, once seldom used, offers some federal inmates hope," by Clare Hymes, CBS News, September 18, 2020
"Compassionate Release Under the First Step Act and Tenancy Destroyed by Fraud," by Harvey M. Stone and Richard H. Dolan, New York Law Journal, June 11, 2020
"Analysis: Sentencing Under the First Step Act ," by Martin Flumenbaum and Brad S. Karp, New York Law Journal, May 26, 2020
"First Step Act Sentence Reductions Given Retroactively to 2,387 Crack Offenders," by TCR Staff, The Crime Report, February 03, 2020
"INSIGHT: The First Step Act—Earned Time Credits on the Horizon," by Alan Ellis, Mark H. Allenbaugh, and Nellie Torres Klein, Bloomberg Law, January 09, 2020