Live: DOJ announces release of 3,100 inmates under First Step Act
Live: DOJ announces release of 3,100 inmates under First Step Act Live: DOJ announces release of 3,100 inmates under First Step ActWell, good morning, everybody nice to see everybody, I’m going to object Frozen, and I’m joined here today by Hugh hurwitz, the acting director of your presence and with David muhlhausen from the National Institute of justice and for my own staff, associate Deputy attorney general Tony bacon. All are key players in coordinating Accra. The Department of Justice to implement the first step act, a truly Monumental effort, whose progress I’m pleased to report on today, but timely, efficient and effective implementation of the first step Act is a priority for the Department of Job. Listen. This Administration is a bipartisan effort, passed with strong support from President Trump and leaders in Congress who all work together to pass and sign-in Allah. This important Criminal Justice Reform measure using for the line, research, people and Technology. The department intends to implement this law forcefully fully and on time, with the goal of reducing crime, enhancing Public Safety and strengthening the rule of law. The Department’s made significant rides and fully implementing the first step act. Today, I’m announcing three major achievements related to full implementation of this important reform. First is the reduction of sentences and releases of inmates back into their communities. Since the passage of the first step act in December of 2018, approximately 1691 inmates convicted of crack cocaine, offenses have receive sentence reduction is as a result of retroactive resentencing under the first sentencing Act of 2010. Additionally, nearly 250 inmates have been placed in the expanded, compassionate release and home confinement programs, I’m starting today at prisons around the country. Nearly 3100 inmates are being released from Bop custody due to the increase in good time credits applied to reduce their sentences under that backed. So that’s the first item I wanted to cover. Second, I’m pleased to announce that the Department of Justice has redirected 75 million dollars in existing resources to fully fall. The first step act in fiscal year 19. We will continue to work with Congress and the administration to ensure additional First Step. Funding is appropriated for fiscal year 2020 and future years in this regard. underscore the attorney general and I both recently toward federal prisons, and we saw firsthand the tremendous value in quality programs for inmates. The attorney general has directed additional funding for inmate programs fy19, including resources to expand vocational training and job Readiness programs to increase the availability of medication-assisted treatment, to support programs tailored to the needs of the female inmate population and to increase education opportunities for inmates now 3rd. As called for by the first step act, we are today announcing a new risk and needs assessment system time to assess inmates risks of recidivism and to identify their individualized needs to reduce the risks of their reoffending, and their terms are up through the system. Inmates will have the opportunity please receive earned time credits in addition to Good Time credit and to participate in evidence-based recidivism reduction programs, as the Bureau of Prisons developed this assessment system, the department and the folks on Whittier today, among others, listen to experts and a wide Variety of stakeholders, including our law enforcement Partners, the u.s. pretrial services and Probation Office, the National Institute of Corrections, think-tanks, nonprofits, legal aid groups and others up, but I want to single out for thanks one in particular, because we are especially grateful. The independent Review Committee of six nationally prominent experts, which has worked incredibly hard to help the bureau prisons to this point and they continue to provide invaluable expertise and Analysis to this process. So the system just called in the catchy phrase prisoner assessment tool targeting estimated risk in needs or, more simply, as an acronym pattern, will be used to screen all federal Nate’s to identify risk factors and identify evidence-based programs that are likely to reduce the risk of recidivism And meet individual needs, such as drug treatment, job training, trauma, treatment, counseling and the new tool relies on predictive assessments using both static and dynamic factors, Dynamic, meaning things that can be affected by the individual’s changes in the individual situation. To gauge the of every inmate in are federal prisons, the pattern assessment achieves a higher level of predictability and surpasses common risk assessment tools currently used for Correctional populations in the United States. Now why we believe this tool to predict rescission recidivism is an improvement over the existing system. We also recognize that there is room for additional change as we continue through the implementation process and gather more data. So we are encouraging experts, practitioners Advocate academics and others to comment on the report. That’S released today so that we can build the best and most Fair tool that is possible, and in that regard we have schedule several listening sessions in September after a. To receive comments. So before I conclude my remarks here., I want to make to just take a moment to thank the team that made it happen because what’s a statutory deadline, so it was no small Endeavor to get this done. I want to thank in particular, the Justice Department’s Bureau of Prisons, the National Institute of Justice, the office of legal policy, the executive office of us attorneys divisions, office of policy and legislation, all of which played critical roles in meeting with type two timelines imposed by Congress And in carrying out the mandates of the first step act and in particular meeting these timelines, I know the department has already made substantial progress by implementing new and expanded programs that address issues such as drug addiction, addiction, job skills, training and networking with private-sector employers. Already, the Bureau of Prisons has developed a dyslexia screening process, a youth mentoring program and has updated its procedures for managing pregnant inmates. Bureau of Prisons have already trained 31,000 employees and officers, the escalation techniques and mental health awareness. So I want to give a special thanks to Hugh and his team for their commitment and dedication of this project and I’d like to just make clear that attorney. General Barr has made it clear that reducing when violence in America, cities and rural areas continues to be a top priority of the justice department, and this first step will help to achieve that end and ultimately increase the safety of our nation’s communities. By helping improve the lives of the inmates and reducing recidivism when their terms in the prisons, and so the attorney-general’s commitment includes strong support for federal state, local and Tribal Law Enforcement, as well as Canute aggressive approach, the prosecuting federal crimes. Finally, let me just say that today’s announcement is only the first step of a longer Journey towards the comprehensive implementation of the first step act, which the as I’ve said, will continue to pursue vigorously, and with that I will turn over the podium to Hugh hurwitz the Head of our prison system to talk more about how the Bureau of Prisons is prepared, implemented the first step Act. Thank you, Deputy attorney general Rosen good morning. It’S an honor to be here tomorrow at this critical moment in the implementation of the first step act. I’D like the first thing, the attorney general and the deputy attorney general for their leadership commitment to this effort and for their support of the Bureau of Prisons. As we work together to achieve our mission of helping offenders transition successfully back to the community and maximize Public Safety, Austin want to thank the staff of the prisons for what they have accomplished thus far and will continue to achieve. As we look forward to implementing the next phase of the first step act, the philosophy of the Bureau of Prisons is that released preparation begins on the first day of incarceration they offering a variety of programs and activities. The bureau helps inmates enhance their skills to support a successful re-entry back to the community. These programs seek to improve re-entry outcomes by targeting and behaviors that increase risk of recidivism and promote pro-social behaviors. The first step act allows us to further enhance our programming and focus resources on higher-risk offenders. The new risk needs assessment system identifies numerous related to the federal inmate population, which are key to identifying recidivism risk. Using the assessment will enable staff to better predict, risk and assigned programs designed to mitigate or eliminate that risk. It will allow us to measure the effectiveness of how we’re doing and improve and refine the performance of The Tool, and our process is overtime. As I mentioned earlier, the Bureau of Prisons offers programs which address specific criminogenic needs. Jimmy programs such as drug treatment, education and job skills under the first step act, the girl presents, can more thoroughly Target and address individualized inmate needs and monitor the inmates progress in addressing those. We recognize that not every inmate is in need of intensive programming. We will ensure, however, that those inmates with fewer or no needs maintain their low risk by signing them to productive, which reduce inmate idleness and provide opportunities to gain new knowledge or skills. The bureau’s largest work program is federal prison Industries also known as unicorn inmates participating in learn real world job skills and gain work experience in such areas as clothing and textiles, Furniture, electronics, recycling, vehicle reconditioning and services such as call centers data entry and distribution. With regard to education, all of the bureau’s institutions offer programs that include literacy classes, english-as-a-second-language parenting classes, education inmates are also able to participate in post-secondary classes in partnership with local community colleges or universities. The girl also provides inmates with Career, Technical education and apprenticeships variety of fields, including Building Trades, mechanics, Horticultural, food preparation and cosmetology, as well as job-readiness certifications in areas such as CDL license driver’s and biomedical technician. The first step act allows us, provides us with the opportunity to add new programs and enhance and expand the existing programs to help reduce risk, reduce recidivism and better prepare inmates to return to Arkham. It’S also important to note that the first got back involves more than just risk and needs assessment, and the girl presses is focused on ensuring all the provisions of the law are carried out. As a deputy attorney-general noted has already implemented. A significant number of these are other requirements of the law. We’Ve updated our policies on compassionate release, we’ve updated training on the prohibitions against shackling pregnant offenders or practice that we prohibited since 2014, who screamed in Mason offered medicated assisted treatment to eligible inmates due to release in the next 18 months, we’ve issued policies regarding the storage Of personal weapons by staff, a provision of the law that was in honor of Fallen GOP staff, member Lieutenant Osvaldo albarati, we ensured that Sanitary products are readily accessible for female inmates and we confirm that Bop contracts for the confinement of juveniles is consistent with the act. In regard to prohibit, Rome can find institutions also offer job Readiness classes, including resume writing and interviewing skills and a host mod job fairs to prepare inmates for the transition back to the community and operation for the inmate releases. Today and in the future, we announce the ready to work initiative to partner employers willing to offer job opportunities to inmates seeking employment. Many staff work long hours to help get us today. We have a lot to be proud of, but we still have a lot more to do. I look forward to the continued collaboration between the bill, prison staff staff from across the Department of Justice and the many stakeholders with an interest in helping to reduce recidivism. The first step act will improve the Federal Criminal Justice System and help make our communities safer. Thank you to the Department of Justice and the thousands of dedicated staff of the Bureau of Prisons for their commitment in support of this important new legislation and the mission of the girl presence. Now I’d like to introduce David muhlhausen director of the National Institute of Justice. In the beautiful use, dedication and implementing the first step act, David muhlhausen, the director of the National Institute of justice, and it’s a pleasure to speak to you today about nij important role. Implementing the first step Act. Nij was honored to be given the opportunity to play a role in implementing this historic Criminal Justice Reform. Importantly, as the research development and evaluation agency of the department, it was exciting for me and my son, you have the chance to infuscience and do this important work. Developing the tool was no small task, but we had very little time to get the job done. We did our very best today is a great example of the page collaboration in hard work. It took to get us here as part of our role in the act and IJ contracted with external experts, doctors granting and Zachary Hamilton to develop pattern, as mention attorney. General Rosen pattern is a significant advancement in the Department’s implementation of the first step act to develop pattern. We do not work in a bubble brought in outside experts and researchers and we sought the advice of the independent Review Committee and importantly, we work closely with our colleagues at the VIP to learn more about their systems and how we can together to improve upon their Current practices listening sessions with the range of Criminal Justice stakeholders, including prison reform, Advocates Law Enforcement groups, victims Emmanuel Lewis, to hear their perspectives about the development and implementation of a risk and needs assessment system. I want to take the opportunity to thank all who participated in these listening sessions. I’M tickling doctors doing in Hamilton pattern is a vital step in implementing the first step act. We have lots of work ahead of us. We look forward to working with our colleagues. Are experts and interested stakeholders can’t essential work? We will continue to cooperate with the BLT and I J is committed to evaluating BMP programs ensuring that these programs are evidence-based. We need to ought to learn more about what reduce recidivism among b, o p inmate. With this information, we can assist in development of innovative, evidence-based programs to help ensure that would leave the VIP they had the skills they need. Three law-abiding lives. It’S clear: we have a long road ahead of us. We are excited to take the next step after they close. I want to offer my sincere thanks to nij staff for their hard work over the last few months, especially the last few weeks. Your hard work and patience has gone unnoticed has not gone unnoticed, and I am extremely proud and appreciative of you all. I want to thank Manta in Zachary your vision and commitment to developing pattern in support of the Department’s goals, with Paramount to Our Success continues. We are committed to working with our federal partners, implement the first step act. We will continue to improve pattern into a tool that will serve to be okay and, hopefully, all Society for years to come. Thank you today from Bop custody. What kind of custody were these people in prisons and halfway houses? Where were they little more invite my colleagues to address at inmates fewer than we had today? Most of them releasing out of RC is actually and there’s about 900 to have detainers that’ll be releasing our custody, but I can’t tell you where they’ll go: cuz, that’s up to States work for Homeland Security, but other ones that are released Community. Almost all of them have really seen from our seas. Just what sort of work has to be done before you answer that the pattern tool will do a couple of different things. First, it will assess every single is to inmates individual risk of recidivism from their. The inmates will be put into a category of either minimum low, medium or high. Those in the minimum or low category will qualify to earn, what’s called earned time. Credit for successful completion of evidence-based programs. The first step act that those in the medium and high categories have the first priority to put Aiden the programming. A Little Bo Peep has committed to offering programming across the group, so pattern won’t be used to assess everyone’s risk or, and then every 6 months. They will be reassessed and have the opportunity to lower their score. And that’s what we’re excited about solo into the lower categories, to maximize the earned time credits and eventually lower recidivism rates 3100 movie released, but they faced and what’s their reaction to and released in the largest number are drug offenders. The second group are weapons and explosives and the third or sex offenders, but there’s a very wide range of people who are being released. There are actually some National Security, some Rob offences against the court so with a broad spectrum of the GOP population. Cafe, violations quote in coordination with and at the direction of individual 1 identify. This is present with the case now being closed. Does that mean that the president was cleared of any wrongdoing? So I’m going to say two things about yesterday’s news on that is. There was a foia Freedom of Information Act case in which the the judge in the southern district of New York acquired the apartment to disclose the state of play which included there for the the item. You’Re referencing as to the the department having effectively concluded the matter. So so that document public document, but in terms of what is addresses and what it covers really, the only thing I can say about that is that it was handled by experienced prosecutors who looked at the law on the facts and made their there conclusions on the Merits you or the Department main Justice. I played a role in in that final conclusion and then. Secondly, I can you say, or whether the oil memo that the president cannot be indicted play a role in in this world. I don’t have anything to add to what I just said show all 3100 will be released today and there’s a process of your presence releases inmates, everyday and and we’ll probably go normal processes and in doing that and it’ll happen throughout throughout the day. I’M in the second half of where they’re all of the country they’re there at either the institutions or halfway houses across country did July there any update on that. I’M sorry! I don’t don’t have anything to share on that today that then nothing they had Beyond. What’S already been said, programs available to inmates have preferably have waiting list, which is one of our largest programs, but you know is restricted by the amount of work that unicor has they’re, not funded by Appropriations, and so they have to have business in order to have Work to do most types of programs or talk about, do not have waiting list of vocational training programs, but that’s part of the that we’re going to be increasing our programming. So we have enough programs to make sure everybody can participate in programs that they need assistant treatment and there is no wait list for that. One and that’s that’s an important priority for the bureau Department provided any resorts so with with regard to the special counsel, a mother’s testimony. I think it’s a matter of public record.. The general had said that he would leave that to director Mueller that he he did not have an objection. Special counsel Mueller held a news conference some weeks back where he indicated his. Why is his testimony? So I think it would be reasonable to assume or expect that he meant what he said, but we’ll see it’s a kind of trying to cover gray. Simply it’s it’s our our security assessment. What you mentioned focuses on predicting misconduct in our institutions. This tool takes that and and expands on it to add additional criteria, so that is more likely to predict recidivism, instead of just that, we think are 204. Predicting misconduct does a very good job doing that, and so we’re able to hopefully with this new tool, take that a step further primary difference between the old to until the new tool is that we really took feedback from the listening sessions and stakeholders. Independent Review Committee and added Dynamic factors more Dynamic factors. This is important because this is what the the opportunity and the incentive and the encouragement to take advantage of these programs and want to change, and it will allow every 6 months as the Bao. Assesses for inmates to successfully complete a program and watch their score. Go down which will leave them to want to take more programs, lower their security level and overall increase Public Safety. So this tool that was very important in developing it to make sure that we had sufficient. doctors to really encourage folks to take advantage of that. Even though scientific evidence suggests that is useful for people suffering from opiate addiction and recently the Bureau of Prisons settled a lawsuit on behalf of an inmate who needed access to methadone throughout her. Why isn’t the justice department offering all free treatment to inmates some of this money to do that, especially given the fact and that and that’s exactly what we’re working toward doing is, is right now, you’re right, we offer one type of treatment as a re-entry program and Now we’re looking at expanding that and working to expand that we’re going to be using the resource. Don’T forget. We have to the first step act to do just that, to expand that program into more of a then tired throughout your entire incarceration using other forms of drugs. The certainly we’ll be doing more than we are now. So what priority is I believe that came from excess money from the space Marshal Service? We can verify and double-check that, but my understanding is that was money. The Marshal Service was not going to be able to use by the end of the fiscal year and that vop is ready to use now to expand these programs to expand the opportune for medication, assisted treatment and to Begin work on the needs assessment system. Building that out where we are in the fiscal year, roughly a quarter and a half, so that’s a pretty significant amount of money rather than have it not be used optimally attorney general made the decision to use it in this way and then what time that’s available? Pretty substantial amount of money if you’re you’re accurate, that that’s underway but with regards to specifics, is really not nothing I want to get into on that today and so going to say that that one for another day anything I want to share on that today is There concerned that that they pose a greater risk of re-offense because they weren’t able to take advantage of the programming that you’re announcing. So so your observation is correct that those who sentences were or recalculated right at the outset we’re just recalculations under the fair sentencing Act of 10 +, so that’s accurate in terms of the individual population. It was have to look at the specifics of who those were, and that’s a little bit why we do individual Assessments in there in the just meeting the needs assessment, and so I die as I stand here today, I’ll see if my college to, but I don’t Think we have a good breakdown of what programs that somebody has, but I don’t have what that population looks like in terms of the recidivism risk. But we are always interested in that question, because one of the goals of the first step Act is to reduce recidivism and you would like for it to be 0, but unfortunately, no that’s not always the way it works out. What weight was placed on Van that in deciding to close the sdny investigation? So I just referred a back to what I said I said earlier. I don’t have anything to add to that week, experienced prosecutors who looked at the law and the facts and rendered the conclusions that they have under the statute. That was a a process by which first day host organization was selected, and then they helped organize the identification of play, dates and Aleve Krugman selection of those so on. So that’s the statutory aspect in terms of how it was actually done. Beautyberry is independent and host organization had its own authority to pick committee members, and so I believe they picked a very good set of individuals who have provided very good information to us to get this point today. It was by Design people of of varied backgrounds. Experiences. There’S a couple of academics or someone who’s run a prison system. Somebody who’s had drug abuse background, so bye-bye design. They were people about varied experiences, very professional settings and a diversity of viewpoints and we’ve been very appreciative to have them assistant and the justice department had several cases involving clients of your old firm Kirkland. I was wondering if you and his virtues from any of those cases, if you can give us some insight into that I’ll call you through that, though the wavy the federal ethics rules. Work is ordinarily when you depart from a law, there’s recusals of anything within the first year under President Trump’s executive order. Was extended to two years, so anything involving Kirkland Ellis for a. Of 2 years would have recusal, but I am outside of that window. I’M more than two years removed from Kirkland & Ellis, so I do not have any automatic recusals for matters that involve Kirkland & Ellis there. There can be unique situations if, if was the matter, I personally was working on. So I’m slightly oversimplifying the landscape, but in general I do not have have recusals based on having been at Kirkland & Ellis more than two years ago, thanks everybody. I do have some thoughts about that, but three of them. First, just looking at the the underlying dispute and and how the house percentage gets to situation that they did is, as that, the justice department and the Commerce Department had provided thousands of pages of documents and the.. It’S that were in dispute included documents that had been deemed privileged and confidential by a federal court and we’re talking about a matter the census and which the Supreme Court had already has already, and we have moved on. So the house has not identified some compelling legislative need for this. To the contrary, this makes no sense at all. Second, we are talking about given the absence of an appropriate basis for this we’re talking about what is, unfortunately, the Crassus form of of political theater, and from where I stand, I’m deeply disappointed that the house leadership would proceed in that way with something that is so Obviously, beneath the Dignity of the offices, they hold its really a new low for the current House of Representatives, and I – and I guess the third thing I would say – is it’s not too late to reverse course? The House of Representatives could reconsider it’s action and apologized to the attorney general and that’s what they should do. Did you hear what I said? Live: Deputy Attorney General Rosen holds a press conference “on major developments on the implementation of the First Step Act.
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