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The Formerly Incarcerated Reenter Society Transformed Safely Transitioning Every Person Act or FIRST STEP Act reforms the federal prison system of the United States of America, and seeks to reduce recidivism. An initial version of the bill passed the House of Representatives (360-59) on May 22, 2018, a revised bill passed the U.S. Senate on December 18, 2018. The House approved the bill with Senate revisions on December 20, 2018. The act was signed by President Donald Trump on December 21, 2018, before the end of the 115th Congress. The act, among many provisions, allows for employees to store their firearms securely at federal prisons, restricts the use of restraints on pregnant women, expands compassionate release for terminally ill patients, places prisoners closer to family in some cases, authorizes new markets for Federal Prison Industries, mandates de-escalation training for correctional officers and employees, and improves feminine hygiene in prison.

This is a MAJOR breakthrough in the long-fought battle for criminal justice reform. We are closer than we have been in a decade to passing robust criminal justice legislation in Congress, and one step closer to justice and relief for nearly 200,000 people in federal prisons and their families.

More than 5 million children, or one in 14, in the U.S. have had a parent in state or federal prison at some point in their lives, according to the Casey Foundation. Their numbers swelled by 79 percent between 1991 and 2007, according to U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) figures, largely driven by tough drug laws and mandatory sentencing.

Children of color are much more likely to have a parent in prison. One in nine African-American children had a parent behind bars in 2008, according to a Pew Charitable Trusts report (Pew also funds Stateline). One in 28 Latino children had an incarcerated parent and one in 57 white children did.

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Have you or someone you know been affected by America’s sex offender registry?  Do you have the desire to tell your story to family, friends, politicians, attorneys, lobbyists and more?  Join host, Matt Duhamel and his guest for this unique and educational season three podcast opener, as they discuss the benefits of presenting your story in an effective and educational way. 

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Depression and Suicide Among Ex-Offenders_It’s Not All Bad! (2-6)

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00:05 Matt Duhamel: Welcome to Solitary Nation. My name is Matt Duhamel, your host, and this week we are talking with the public speaker, the comedian, the author, the writer, he does a lot of things, his name is Frank King. He has written for Jay Leno, Joan Rivers, and Dennis Miller. Frank King, welcome to Solitary Nation.

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