Live: DOJ announces release of 3,100 inmates under First Step Act

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Live: DOJ announces release of 3,100 inmates under First Step Act
Live: DOJ announces release of 3,100 inmates under First Step Act
Well, good morning, everybody I’m joined, object, Frozen and I’m joined here today by Hugh hurwitz, the acting director of the Bureau of Prisons 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 across the Department of Justice to implement the first step act, a truly Monumental effort whose progress on please the report on today, efficient and effective implementation of the first step Act is a priority for the Department of Justice in this Administration. The ACT is a bipartisan effort passed with strong support from President Trump and leaders in Congress well, work together to pass and sign-in Allah, this important Criminal Justice Reform measure using top-of-the-line research, people and Technology. The department intends to implement this law forcefully fully and on time, with the goal of reducing enhancing Public Safety and strengthening the rule of law. The Department’s made significant strides and fully implementing the first step act. Today, I’m announcing three major achievements related to full implementation of this perform. 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 1000 191 inmates convicted of crack cocaine, offenses have received sentence reductions as a result of retroactive resentencing under the first sentencing Act of 2010. Additionally, nearly two 50 inmates have been placed in the expanded, compassionate release and home confinement programs and, starting today at prisons around the country. Legally 3100 inmates are being released from Bop custody due to the increase in good time credits applied to reduce their sentences under First Step act. So that’s the first item I wanted to cover. Second, I’m pleased to announce that the Department of Justice redirected 75 million dollars in existing resources to fully fund the first step act and 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, I want underscore the attorney general and I both recently toward federal prisons, and we saw firsthand the tremendous value and quality grams for inmates. The attorney general has directed additional funding for inmate programs for fy19, including resources to expand vocational training and job Readiness programs to increase the availability of vacation, assisted treatment to support programs tailored to the needs of the female inmate population and to increase education opportunities for inmates. Now, third, as called for by the 1st fact, we are today announcing a new risk and needs assessment system designed to assess inmates risks of recidivism and to identify their individualized needs to reduce the risks of their reoffend and their terms are out through the system. Inmates will have the opportunity to 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 and the folk song with here today. Among others, listen to experts and a wide variety 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 4 thanks one in particular, because we are especially grateful for the independent Review Committee of six nationally prominent experts, which is worked incredibly hard to help the Bureau of Prisons. To this point, are they continue to provide invaluable expertise and Analysis to this process, so the new system, which is called in the catchy phrase prisoner assessment tool, targeting estimated risk and needs or more simply, as an acronym pattern, will be used to screen all federal inmates To identify risk factors and identify evidence based programs that are likely to reduce the risk of recidivism meet individual needs, such as drug treatment, job-training trauma, treatment, counseling and education. The new tool relies on predictive assessments using both static and dynamic factors, Dynamic, meaning things that affected by the individuals changes in the individual situation to gauge the risk of every inmate in our federal prisons. The pattern assessment achieves a higher level of predictability and surpasses risk assessment tools currently used for Correctional populations in the United States. Now all we believe this tool to predict 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 then that regard we have scheduled several listening sessions in September after a. To receive comments. So before I conclude my, I want to make two just take a moment to thank the team that made it happen because tomorrow was a statutory deadline, so it was no small Endeavor to get this done. I want to thank in particular of the Justice Department’s Bureau of Prisons, the National Institute Justice, the office of legal policy, the executive office of for us attorney’s, the criminal division’s office of policy and legislation, all of which played critical roles in meeting with timelines imposed by Congress continue carrying out the mandates of the first step act and in particular, meeting these timelines. I want to know if 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 prisons have already trained 31,000 employees and officers, Indie escalation techniques and mental health awareness. So I want to give a special thanks to Hugh and his team for their commitment and dedication to this project. I’D like to just make clear that attorney general Barr has made it clear that reducing crime and violence in America, cities and rural areas continues to be a top priority of the justice department, and this first step will 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 prison sent, so the Attorney General include strong support for federal state, local and Tribal Law Enforcement as well as I continue to gressive approach to 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 department, as I’ve said, we’ll, 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 Bureau of Prisons is prepared, implemented the first step.. Thank you, Deputy attorney general Rosen good morning. It’S an honor to be here tomorrow in the implementation of the first step. I’D like the first think, the attorney general and the deputy attorney general for their leadership and 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 to the community and maximize Public Safety, also want to thank the staff of the Bureau of Prisons for what they have accomplished thus far and will continue to achieve. As we look forward to implementing the next phase the first step Act, the philosophy of the bureau prisons is that released preparation begins on the first day of incarceration, but offering a variety of programs and activities. The bill 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 the risk of recidivism and promote pro-social behaviors. The first step act allows us to further enhance our programming and Flow. This resource is on higher risk offenders. The new risk needs assessment system identifies numerous factors related to the federal inmate population, which are key to identifying recidivism risk used to the assessment, will enable staff do better, take risk and assign 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 processes over time. As I mentioned earlier, the Bureau of Prisons offers programs which address specific criminogenic needs of each inmate programs, such as drug treatment, education and job skills. Under the first step act, the girl presents can more thoroughly an address, individualized inmate needs and monitor the inmates. Progress in addressing those needs, we recognize that not every inmate is in need of intensive programming. We will insure, however, that those in with fewer or no needs maintain their low-risk by signing them to productive activities which reduce inmate idleness and provide opportunities to gain new knowledge or skills. The bureau’s largest program is federal prison Industries, also known as unicorn inmates participating in unicorn, 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 Education, all of the bureau’s institutions offer programs that include literacy classes is a second language, parenting classes, Wellness, education and adult continuing education. Inmates are also able to participate in post-secondary classes and partnership with local community colleges or universities. The bill also provides inmates with Career, Technical education and apprenticeships in a variety of fields, including Building Trades, mechanics, Horticultural, food preparation and cosmetology as well. Job Readiness, certifications in areas such as CDL license driver’s and biomedical technicians. The first step act allows us, provides us with the opportunity to add new programs and enhance and expand these existing program to help reduce risk, reduce recidivism and better prepare inmates to return to our communities. It’S also important to note that the first step back involves more than just risk and needs assessment, and the girl presses is focused on the provisions of the law are carried out. As a deputy attorney-general noted, the girl presents has already implemented a significant number of these. Are other requirements of the law? We were updated. Our policies on compassionate release, training on the prohibitions against shackling pregnant offenders or practice that we prohibited since 2014, we’ve offered medicated assisted treatment to eligible inmates due to release in the next 18 months. Regarding the storage of personal weapons by staff, the provision of the law that was in honor of Fallen vop staff member Lieutenant Osvaldo albarati, we ensured that Sanitary products are readily accessible for female inmates and we can GOP. Contract for the confinement of juveniles is consistent with the act in regard to prohibiting room confinement, hostmark job fairs, to prepare inmates for the transition back to the community and preparation for the inmate releases. Today and in the future, we announced the ready to work initiative to partner employers willing to offer job opportunities the inmates seeking employment, many staff work long hours to help get us to here 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 bureau, prison staff staff, Mecosta 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. How does a dedicated staff of the Bureau of Prisons for their commitment and support of this important new legislation and the mission of the Bureau of Prisons now I’d like to introduce David muhlhausen director of the National Institute of Justice? Thank you. I appreciate his leadership and the beat up his dedication and implementing the first step act. I Am David muhlhausen, the director of the National Institute of justice and supply, to speak to you today about niga important role in implementing the first step. Act and IJ was honored to be given the opportunity to play a role in implementing this. This historic Criminal Justice Reform importantly, is the research, development and evaluation agency of the department. It was exciting for me and my staff to have the chance to infuscience into this important work. Developing the tool was no small task. We had little time to get the job done. We did our very best today is a great example of the patient’s collaboration and hard work. It took to get us here as part of our role in the act, Dr Grand Prix in Zachary Hamilton to develop pattern, as mentioned by Deputy 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, remember. Existing risk and needs assessment systems be brought in outside experts and researchers, and we saw her advice of the independent Review Committee and importantly, more closely with our colleagues at the vop to learn more about their systems and how We can work together to improve upon their current practices listening sessions with a range of Criminal Justice, stakeholders in prison, reform Advocates, Law Enforcement groups, victims advocate and many others to hear their perspectives about the development and implementation of risk and needs assessment system. I want to take topper participated in these listening sessions. I’M typically proud of the code of Elf eye doctors during and Hamilton pattern is a vital step in implementing the first step act. We have lots of work at Haddam. We look forward to working with our colleagues. Are experts and interested stakeholders continue this essential work we will continue to cooperate with the BLT and IJ is committed to evaluating programs. Programs are evidence-based. We need to ought to learn more about what’s working, to reduce recidivism among b o p inmate. With this information we can assist in the development of innovative evidenced-based. I’M sure that would leave the vop. They have the skills they need to read law-abiding lives. It’S clear. We have a long road ahead of us. We are excited to take the next step.. They close offer my sincere thanks to an IJ staff for their hard work over the last few months, and especially the last few weeks. Your hard work and patience has gone unnoticed has not gone unnoticed. Play me proud and appreciative of you all. I want to thank and Zachary Hamilton your vision and commitment to developing pattern in support of the Department’s goals was Paramount to Our Success. Other work continues. We are committed to working with our federal Partners to implement the first step act. We will continue to improve pattern and do a tool that will serve to be okay, and hopefully, all Society for years to come. Inmates are released today from Bop custody and what kind of custody were these people in prisons and halfway houses? Where were they? I think the short answer is in prisons, but to give you a little little more specificity of going to invite my colleagues to address that 3100 inmates released from federal prison house inmates fewer than we had today. Most of them releasing out of our seas actually and there’s about 900 1/2 detainers that’ll be releasing custody, but can tell you where they’ll go. Cuz, that’s up to stay sore for home at security, but other ones that are released into the community. Almost all of them have really seen from our seas is that to determine eligibility for early release or just what sort of work has to be done before they’re released funny. You answer that, so the pattern tool will do a couple of different things. First, it will assess every single its 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 categories will qualify to earn with called earned time credit for successful completion of evidence-based programs. The first step Act, medium and high categories have the first priority to participate in the programming or programing sew pattern, and then six months they will be reassessed and have the opportunity to lower their score. And that’s what we’re excited about to lower into the lower categories. To maximize the earned time, credit and eventually lower recidivism rate, the range of offenses types of offenses of the 3100 will be released, but they faced and what’s their reaction to yes and in terms of the range of people who’ve been released in the largest number, are Drug offenders II group are weapons and explosives and the third or sex offenders there’s a very wide range of people who are being released. There are actually some National Security, some robbery offences against the court, so with a broad spectrum of the GOP population. Yesterday we received confirmation that the investigation of Michael Cohen and his campaign violations she made it to campaign Finance in coordination with the direction of individual 1 Jason Aldean clothes. 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 Information Act case in which the the judge in the southern district of New York required the department to disclose the state of play which included there for the the item. You’Re referencing is to the VA department having effectively concluded the matter so so that document is a public document, but in terms of what is addresses and what it covers really, the only thing I can say about that it was handled by experience prosecutors, who looked at The lawn the facts and made their their conclusions on the merits, in. The final conclusion and then. Secondly, I can you say, or whether the olc memo that the president cannot be indicted, play a role in in the supply. What I just said, 3100 people being released today and there’s a process of your prisons, releases, inmates, everyday and and with normal processes, and in doing that and it’ll happen throughout throughout the day in the second half of where they’re all of the country, either the institutions Or halfway houses across country attorney general said that we should expect the IG report on fisa process in May or June we’re now in mid-july. Sorry, I don’t don’t have anything to share on that today that that I’ve got it nothing bad Beyond. What’S already been said, summer programs to help waiting list programs like unicorns, I mentioned in my remarks, which is which is one of our largest programs. But you know is restricted by the amount of work that unicorn has they’re, not funded by a pro patience, and so they have to have business in order to have work to do most of the types of programs or talk about. Do not have waiting list of vocational training programs. Inmates are able to get into now, but that’s part of the the money that the Attorney General mentioned, I’m going to Debbie attorney general mention 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 and feel free to chime in one of the important ones is residential drug assistant treatment, and there is no waitlist for that. One and that’s that’s an important priority for the bureau. Has come to an agreement with Congress regarding whether or not members of Mueller’s team will be testifying and has an apartment, provided any resources to special counsel Mueller ahead. So, with with regard to the special counsel, a Miller’s testimony, I think it’s a matter of public record that the Attorney General had said that he would leave that to director Mueller that he did not have an objection. Special counsel, Mueller held a news conference some weeks back where he indicated his report was his testimony. So I think it would be reasonable to assume or expect that he meant what he said difference between kind of trying to cover gray. Simply it’s it’s our our security assessment. What you mention 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 misconduct that we think are 204 predicted. 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 add Dynamic factors more Dynamic factors. This is important because this is what gives inmates the opportunity and the incentive and the encouragement to take advantage of these programs and want to change and Willow how every six 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 Pub safety. So this tool that was very important in developing it to make sure that we had sufficient Dynamic factors to really encourage folks to take advantage of that. Currently, the bureau prisons does not offer all three treatments throughout the duration of a person stay, even though scientific evidence suggested that is useful for people suffering from opiate addiction and recently, a half of an inmate who needed access to methadone throughout her consideration of her time. At Bop, why isn’t the department offering all three treatments to inmates benefactor has pressured state prisons to do the same thing as right now, you’re right? We offer one type of treatment: it’s a r e n a program and now we’re looking at expanding that and working to expand that we’re going to be using the resources, though, for the weekend, for the first step act to do just that to expand that program Into more of a other forms of drugs, are those decisions haven’t been made yet, but I expect it will be. The certainly will be doing more than we are now so redirecting 75 million-dollar. Where is that money coming from other words like what priorities are losing money? So that one, I believe that came from excess money from the US Marshal Service. We can verify in 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. Fbop is ready to use now to expand these programs to expand the opportunities for medication-assisted treatment and to Begin work on the needs assessment system building that out. But slightly on that, in that, where we are in the fiscal year, which ends September 30, means that where you 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 it end in the amount of time that’s available. It’S pretty substantial amount of money, you’re you’re accurate that that’s underway, but regards to specifics. It’S really not nothing. I want to get into on that today. It’S and so I’m going to say that that one for another day you mentioned earlier, there were more than a thousand crack retroactive crack releases programming. Another question so so your observation is correct that those whose sentences were or recap play it right at the outset we’re just recalculations under the fair sentencing Act of 2010 and so that’s accurate in terms of the individual population. It was have to look at this pics of who those were, and that’s a little bit why we do individual Assessments in there in the risk assessment in the needs assessment. And so I don’t, as I standard a I’ll, see if my college too, 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 and you would like for it to be zero, but unfortunately know that’s not always the way it works out. What weight was placed on on that? In deciding to close the sdny investigation, so I’ll just refer a back to what I said said earlier, I don’t have anything to add to that. We had experienced prosecutors, look at the lawn the facts and rendered the conclusions that they have little bit about how the members of the Review Committee were chosen under the statute. There was a a process by which first, a host organization was selected, and then they helped organize the identification of candidates and and the Recruitment and selection of those. So I so that’s the statutory aspect in terms of how was that we done David. Take that one committee is independent and the 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 us to this point. Today. People of of a very background experiences, there’s a couple of academics or someone who’s run a prison system. Somebody who’s had a drug abuse background, so bye-bye design there were people about varied experiences, very professional settings, the diversity of viewpoints and we’ve been very appreciative to have them assist in and participate. If you be, and if you can give us an insight into that I’ll answer that, though the wavy the federal ethics rules, work is ordinarily, when you depart from a law firm, there’s recusals of anything within the first year under President Trump’s executive order. Was extended to Ears, so anything involving Kirkland Ellis for a. Of 2 years would have been a recusal, but I am outside of that window. I am more than 2 years removed from Kirkland & Ellis, so I do not have any automatic recusal for matters that involve Kirkland & Ellis. There there can be unique situations if, if was a matter, I personally was working on, so I’m slightly oversimplifying the landscape, but in general I do not have ever accused was based on having been at Kirkland & Ellis more than 2 years ago, thanks everybody. I do have some thoughts about that, but three of them just looking at the the underlying dispute and and how the House of Representatives gets to situation that they did is as that the toughest the Commerce Department had provided thousands of pages of documents and the documents That were in dispute includes 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 has already has already ruled, and we have moved on so the house has not identified some compelling legislative Need for this to the country, this makes no sense at all. Second, we are talking about given the absence of an appropriate basis for this. We were talking about what is, unfortunately, the car fastest 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 – and I guess the third thing I would say, is it’s not too late. First course, the House of Representatives could reconsider, revoke its action and apologized to the attorney general and that’s what they should do. Did you hear what I said?
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