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Robert Howard

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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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