On the Issues

Here are the federal bills the Due Process Institute is tracking today

  • H.R. 5682: FIRST STEP Act  -  SUPPORT
    The FIRST STEP Act, a bipartisan prison reform bill, passed the House of Representatives 360-59. The legislation opens up more opportunities for federal inmates to lower their risk of recidivism by going through a risk and needs assessment, and then working on programming that address those risks and needs. By doing so, prisoners earn time towards a halfway house or home confinement. This is the leading piece of criminal justice reform legislation in Congress in this session.
  • S. 3118: Mens Rea Reform Act of 2018 - SUPPORT
    Proposed by Senators Orrin Hatch and Chuck Grassley, this bill would support a meaningful review of the intent requirements of federal criminal laws. This is an essential part of due process.