First Step to Second Chances: A Guide for People Leaving Federal Prison Under the First Step Act
July 2019 - #cut50 and Root & Rebound
On December 21, 2018, the First Step Act of 2018 (FSA) became federal law with broad bipartisan support. According to The New York Times, the FSA made “the most significant changes to the criminal justice system in a generation.”1 The FSA has already led to more than 1,000 people being released from federal prison, and over 2,000 people will become eligible for release in July 2019.
Written by #cut50 and Root & Rebound, the First Step to Second Chances guide is a reference manual for people who are preparing for or who are in reentry from federal prison. It covers how to navigate the early days out, what your rights are with a record, and where to go for support and resources. Those who support people in reentry—from friends and family members to nonprofits and policymakers—may also find this guide helpful.
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