The new prison reform bill being considered by the House Judiciary Committee, the FIRST STEP Act, includes several important reforms and improves on prior legislation. But any true reform effort must take steps to reduce the number of people entering prison in the first place, which this bill does not do.
This Article is the first comprehensive empirical analysis of post- Heller Second Amendment doctrine. Beginning with a set of more than one thousand Second Amendment challenges, we have coded every available Second Amendment opinion—state and federal, trial and appellate—from Heller up until February 1, 2016.
The narrow prison reform bill backed by the White House and being considered by Congress is an incomplete starting point for fixing our broken justice system, the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law said in this letter to Judiciary Committee leadership in Congress.