On the 21st of December 2018, the First Step Act or S.756 was passed into law. It was hailed as a landmark passage, one that was desperately needed and that would change the American Justice System for the better making it more equitable and more humane. While it is just a first step as the name implies, it was treated with such fanfare and such excitement that many thought this was the law to end the discriminatory practices of the Justice System. We took a few weeks, let that fanfare die down, and studied the text of the law to determine if it really was worth all the excitement. On this Episode of Lessons from the Screen, we are going to be diving into the First Step Act of 2018.
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