Trump's First Step act cracks under pressure

hailed as progress some people freed from decades in federal prison immediately faced angry prosecutors trying to send them back

It was one of the few wins progressives and criminal justice reformers pointed to in the Trump administration: the bipartisan First Step Act. On the surface, it was a win. The Act gave people charged with the overzealous crack laws in the 80s and 90s a way out, but the deeper reality was not so crystal clear.

I met Ronald Mack and his codefendants in De…

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