'Second Look Sentencing' Bill Would Allow Review of Inmates Serving 10+ Years - Articles

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Posted by: Jarod Word on Jul 19, 2019

New Jersey U.S. Senator and Democratic presidential candidate Cory Booker recently introduced legislation intended to give federal prisoners a chance at early release, NBC News reports. The bill, known as the Second Look Act, seeks to build on the First Step Act — last year’s bipartisan criminal justice reform bill, which was the most comprehensive update to the system in around three decades. In its current iteration, the Second Look Act would enable individuals sentenced to more than 10 years imprisonment and who have served at least 10 years to petition a court to be released, create a rebuttable presumption of release for petitioners who are 50 years of age or older, establish factors for courts to consider regarding community reentry and mandate the United States Sentencing Commission issue an annual public report detailing efficacy of the law.