Looking At The USSC DATA Of Reduced Sentences Under The First Step Act

New information on Federal prison sentences under the First Step Act Of 2018 has been released by the U.S. Sentencing Commission (USSC). The First Step Act was signed into law by President Donald Trump on December 21, 2018. The Act is centered towards re-entry of the incarcerated, directing the Federal Bureau of Prisons to proactively ensure programming, good-time credit, and compassionate release, among other issues that are key to returning citizens.

Here are some of the highlights of the report:

This report includes motions that were granted through April 30, 2019 and for which court documentation was received, coded, and edited at the U.S. Sentencing Commission by May 17, 2019. —USSC

  • 1,000+ motions were granted for a reduced sentence
  • Approximately 79% of granted motions were made by the defendant, 12% by the attorney for the government, and 9% by the court
  • An average decrease of 73 months (29.4%) in sentences

The average sentence prior to the First Step Act was 239 months, while it is 166 months at present.

Read the full report by the USSC about the First Step Act data