Summary: S.2795 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)All Information (Except Text)

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Introduced in Senate (05/07/2018)

Formerly Incarcerated Reenter Society Transformed Safely Transitioning Every Person Act or the FIRST STEP Act

This bill amends various provisions of law and sets forth new provisions:

  • to require the Department of Justice to establish and the Bureau of Prisons (BOP) to implement a risk and needs assessment system to assess prisoner recidivism risk; guide housing, grouping, and program assignments; and incentivize and reward participation in and completion of recidivism reduction programs and productive activities;
  • to modify the computation of good time credit;
  • to allow federal correctional officers to securely store and carry concealed firearms on BOP premises outside the security perimeter of a prison;
  • to limit the use of restraints on federal prisoners who are pregnant or in postpartum recovery;
  • to require a prisoner to be placed at a facility not more than 500 driving miles away from the prisoner's primary residence;
  • to require low-risk prisoners to be placed on home confinement for the maximum amount of time permitted;
  • to reauthorize through FY2022 and modify eligibility for an elderly offender early release pilot program;
  • to require the BOP to help prisoners obtain identification documents prior to release, to incorporate de-escalation procedures into training programs, and to make tampons and sanitary napkins available free of charge;
  • to repeal the National Institute of Corrections;
  • to authorize Federal Prison Industries to sell products to additional markets;
  • to require probation and pretrial services officers to perform court-directed supervision of sex offenders conditionally released from civil commitment;
  • to require auditors who monitor compliance with national prison rape standards be certified; and
  • to require the BOP to establish pilot programs on youth mentorship and service to abandoned, rescued, or vulnerable animals.