New York Daily News: Bend open the prison doors
Bill Underwood, Senior Fellow at The Sentencing Project’s Campaign to End Life Imprisonment, penned an opinion piece for the New York Daily News highlighting the importance of the COVID-19 Safer Detention Act and the First Step Implementation Act to allow a path for release for vulnerable incarcerated people, and those serving extreme sentences.
In the piece, he writes:
“The COVID-19 Safer Detention Act would expand early release opportunities for elderly and terminally ill individuals who are highly unlikely to commit new crimes. And the First Step Implementation Act would apply the First Step Act’s sentencing reduction reforms retroactively, impacting thousands of people serving federal prison sentences. The bill would also offer people serving extreme sentences for crimes they committed as minors a chance to have their sentences re-evaluated.”