First Step Act Releases Extreme Violent Criminals Instead Of Promised Drug Users

Deputy Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen proudly announced the release of thousands of federal inmates.

Washington, DC – Over one-hundred sex offenders and violent criminals have been released from prison as a result of bipartisan legislation that lawmakers previously vowed would only affect inmates convicted of so-called “minor” drug offenses.

The legislation, dubbed the “First Step Act,” was established to help fix an allegedly “broken” criminal justice system that has historically “disproportionately harmed communities of color,” New Jersey Senator Cory Booker said in the past, according to FOX News.

The bill was heralded by President Donald Trump during the State of the Union address earlier this year.

“This legislation reformed sentencing laws that have wrongly and disproportionately harmed the African-American community,” the President declared. “The First Step Act gives nonviolent offenders the chance to reenter society as productive, law-abiding citizens. Now, states across the country are following our lead. America is a nation that believes in redemption.”

On July 19, the Department of Justice (DOJ) announced that it would be releasing 3,100 federal inmates as part of the First Step Act, which provides an increase in “good conduct time,” according to a press release.

Over 850 of the 3,100 inmates who were released were transferred to state prisons or Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) custody, FOX News reported.

Despite lawmakers’ promises, only 960 of the 2,243 federal inmates released onto the streets were serving time for drug-related convictions.

One hundred six were serving prison time for robbery, 118 for burglary/larceny, 178 for fraud/extortion/bribery, and 496 for explosives and weapons-related offenses.

Two hundred thirty-nine offenders were serving sentences for sex offenses, 59 for aggravated assault/homicide, 46 were in prison on immigration-related charges, and nine offenders had been convicted of embezzlement/counterfeiting.

Two other convicts were serving sentences for national security-related charges.

Thirty-five of the offenders were Asian/Pacific Islander, 62 were American Indian, 1,017 were black, and 1,129 were white.

Only 211 of the released inmates were female.

“We were told that this would only allow low-level, nonviolent criminals to go free,” Louisiana Senator John Kennedy said, according to FOX News. “I didn't believe it, and I didn't believe it because I read the bill.”

The Republican senator said that the promises and assurances that preceded the bill were a “complete lie.”

“Now we find out that in the first traunch of prisoners let free, 500 committed weapons or explosive crimes, 250 committed sex crimes, I think there were 60 or 70 that were guilty of homicide or aggravated assault,” Kennedy continued. “And those are not low-level, nonviolent criminals.”

"Good intentions sometimes have nothing to do with actual consequences," he added. “Justice exists when people get what they deserve. Justice is not necessarily deterrence, or rehabilitation, though that can be a byproduct."

Kennedy further argued that some people are simply “bad,” and must be removed from society.

“When they commit criminal acts, justice required they be punished,” he said.

Implementation of the First Step Act comes at a price of $75 million in taxpayer dollars annually, which Congress has authorized through 2023, according to the DOJ.

Funds will be funneled into increasing vocational, educational, certification, medication assistance, and several other programs aimed at rehabilitation.

The DOJ has also increased the use of “home confinement” for approximately 2,000 “low risk” inmates.

“Our communities are safer when we do a better job of rehabilitating offenders in our custody and preparing them for a successful transition to life after incarceration,” Attorney General William Barr said in the DOJ release. “The Department is committed to and has been working towards full implementation of the First Step Act, which will help us effectively deploy resources to help reduce risk, recidivism, and crime.”

Comments (35)
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Dfc3166
Dfc3166

This is total BS, why are LEO scarificing their lives if you candy ass politicians are releasing these criminals back onto the streets. Good behavior, my ass! Just like the escape in Tenn. doing yard work because he was on good behavior, until he killed the prison employee. All this crap sounds good to you politicians cause you don't deal with these prisoners. You live in your own safe little places and it sounds good to you so you jump on the band wagon and support this BS idea..You jackasses are sickening!

xenonman
xenonman

It is high time that we understand that few prisoners are locked up because of non-violent and/or minor offenses.

Mrs10
Mrs10

This was either a failure to follow through new law or proof that it should never have been passed in the first place.

So much for crazy notion that victims, not criminals, have rights!

Blackandtan
Blackandtan

Not a good argument for more gun control!

Saints
Saints

WHAT IS THE ACTUAL PURPOSE OF HAVING JAILS THEN!!! IF RAPIST, THIEVES, MURDERERS AND EVERYTHING IN BETWEEN ARE BEING FREED....WHY ARE COPS ARRESTING CRIMINALS FOR THEN!!???...STUPID ASS POLITICIANS JUST MAKING IT SO MUCH HARDER FOR LAW ABIDING CITIZENS TO KEEP STAYING GOOD!!!!!......

LEO0301
LEO0301

Name and post pictures of those responsible for releasing violent criminals back into our neighborhoods. What criteria did they use for making those decisions?

TSport
TSport

If this was a law in another country....the hardened criminal would have taken the room temperature challenge. end of story. WTF is our government doing. Opening the gate so they can do it again. If you cant protect our law abiding citizens...get the hell out of office!!!!

nightangel00
nightangel00

No words can explain how this makes any sense to protect the community! How does this happen!!!

Popcop.M1
Popcop.M1

And they want to strip/restrict citizens of their right to bear arms!!!??? Thanks for giving them/us more reason to tell them to F**K OFF!!!

Dra71
Dra71

Can't wait to see how many are right back in . Give them a week or two and no way no hw should sex offenders be released EVER.

Dutchuncle
Dutchuncle

The Disgusting thing IS,,,today almost 63% of ALL crimes, directly or Indirectly, are linked to Drugs. Their USE, Sales, Manufacturing or Smuggling. Why are we releasing ANYONE then????

Dutchuncle
Dutchuncle

“disproportionately harmed communities of color,” ? Let's see, 54% of all murder victims are black,,,93% of them were killed by OTHER BLACKS, 73% of ALL Black children born today are born into FATHERLESS HOUSEHOLDS. No male role models in the house. Anyone see a pattern here?

JBo
JBo

"Despite lawmakers’ promises..."

That's a joke...right?

cbanderson
cbanderson

It’s a “First Step Act” alright .... a first step to further endangering communities and the public as these criminals again prey on them!

Jbetty
Jbetty

Only low level drug offenders should have been released, those who were caught with small amounts! No one who had rape, murder, or robbery charges should have been eligible! This sounds like the fault of the prisons!

Popcop.M1
Popcop.M1

I would like to thank the State of California for displaying to the rest of the nation and the world, how destructive these democrats really and truly are, and how little they actually care, about the quality of life of it's law abiding residence. They care more about the criminal element than any other place in the world. Hence, the absolute shit hole that it has become.

Cromaxgal
Cromaxgal

Reinstate the death penalty and then our prisons will not be overcrowded

HAWAIIBLUE
HAWAIIBLUE

It’s the same concept as letting the wild animals out of the zoo. The animals don’t know how to act in populated, city, rural, urban areas. Neither do these low life’s. They got their trip to jail because they can’t play well with others, in my opinion, why waste money on these people when they are a risk to other people. Execution would be better than letting them exist while we still have to pay. Or better yet, the victims family gets to decide the fate AFTER, their courts and due process has concluded. That way, there’s no doubts, if, ands, or buts, that they are GUILTY.

CinGuz
CinGuz

Of course our judicial system is broken, it is too lenient. If the criminals aren't afraid to go to jail then that is not a deterrent.

wallywoo3
wallywoo3

CONGRESS NEEDS TO HAVE TO TAKE THESE SO CALLED "NON-VIOLENT/REHABILITATED OFFENDERS" INTO THEIR HOMES FOR REHABILITATION.....THEN THEY WILL SEE JUST HOW IGNORANT THIS LAW IS.....BUT THEY ARE SAFE IN THEIR HOMES WITH HIGH BORDERS ALL THE WAY AROUND THEM AND THEIR SECURITY SYSTEMS AND SECURITY GUARDS TO PROTECT THEM....AND THE REST OF THE CITIZENS HAVE TO WORRY IF THESE "REHABILITATED" MORONS ARE WALKING THE STREETS OF OUR TOWNS LOOKING FOR THEIR NET VICTIMS

stxnpx
stxnpx

Most of the prisoners who were "only" convicted of low-level drug crimes pled down to those charges (often to make the local crime rates and conviction rates look good), and had committed much more serious crimes. This isn't justice!

Stanracer
Stanracer

And the war against the police continues. Nothing good will come from this rediculous piece of legislation.

Propolice
Propolice

Why would my President even think about this law. Have they gotten to him too? Folks, we need to be prepared to sue the sh-t out of these lawmakers because a lot of violent crimes are going to come from this.

CrybabyDemoLibTard
CrybabyDemoLibTard

Oh, you knew they were lying because their lips were moving! They had to pass it to see what was in the Bill. Haha. Why is “Bond Reform” only going on in big cities? Small counties are still giving high bonds. Something stinks here!!

Me55
Me55

Typical government run program. And they want to takeover our health care.

Patriot1midwestern
Patriot1midwestern

This isn't an absolute statement, but for the most part, a government job is where people go to to work who are too stupid to be employed by the private sector......