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Published annually since 1972, the Historic Documents series has made primary source research easy by presenting excerpts from documents on the important events of each year for the United States and the World. Each volume pairs original background narratives with well over 100 documents to chronicle the major events of the year, from official reports and surveys to speeches from leaders and opinion makers, to court cases, legislation, testimony, and much more. Historic Documents is renowned for the well-written and informative background, history, and context it provides for each document. Each volume begins with an insightful essay that sets the year’s events in context, and each document or group of documents is preceded by a comprehensive introduction that provides background information on the event. Full-source ...

President Trump Remarks on Criminal Justice Overhaul : December 21, 2018
President Trump Remarks on Criminal Justice Overhaul
Robert Howard

In one of its final acts, the 115th Congress passed a landmark bill reforming the U.S. criminal justice system in December 2018. The First Step Act represented the most substantial change in a generation to the prison and sentencing laws that caused the federal prison population to balloon and created a criminal justice system that lawmakers on both sides of the aisle viewed as costly and unfair. Republican and Democratic leaders supported the bill, which passed the House and Senate with overwhelming bipartisan support before being signed into law by President Donald Trump. The bill’s passage marked a rare instance of cross-party ...

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