The First Step Act was signed into law today. The severe federal sentencing regulations have been unjust for a long time and while the First Step Act is not the sweeping reform some were hoping for it is a huge step which will benefit many inmates. This bill will reduce sentences for thousands of defendants and prisoners. Currently the federal prison system punishes the inmate, removes them from family and reduces or eliminates  opportunities for them upon release. The First Step Act puts the focus back on rehabilitation and helps to facilitate the opportunities that were previously eliminated. The idea is to reduce recidivism and increase the chances that inmates can successfully reenter the community as productive members. For more specific information please search The First Step Act.