Since the federal First Step Act (FSA) of 2018, legislation intended to improve criminal justice outcomes for federal offenders, requires an annual report on the progress of FSA’s implementation and impact, this is the third FSA Annual Report, published in April 2023.
This Report reflects the ongoing efforts of the Department, including the Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP), to realize the goals of the First Step Act and summarizes the Department's activities in that respect since the publication of the last annual Report, in April 2022. The Report includes information responsive to the requirements of Section 3634, including: I. An Assessment of the BOP's Implementation of the Risk and Needs Assessment System and Compliance with 18 U.S.C. § 3621(h). II. A Summary and Assessment of the Types and Effectiveness of the Evidence-Based Recidivism Reduction Programs and Productive Activities in Prisons Operated by the Bureau of Prisons. III. BOP's Additional FSA Implementation Activities IV. The Rates of Recidivism Among Individuals Who Have Been Released from Federal Prisons. V. The Status of Prison Work Programs at Facilities Operated by the Bureau of Prisons. VI. The Operational Policies and Guidance Issued. VII. An Assessment of Progress Made Towards Carrying Out the Purposes of the FSA, Including Any Savings. VIII. An Assessment of Budgetary Savings. IX. Statistics on Incarcerated Individuals with Dyslexia.