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Senate Passes Criminal Justice Bill Benefitting Federal Prisoners

The First Step Act would include job training and more programs dedicated to reducing recidivism rates among federal prisoners. 

Bipartisanship was felt throughout the Senate floor Tuesday (Dec. 18) when a landmark criminal law reform bill was passed to help change the scope of federal crime.

NBC News reports the bill, known as the "First Step Act" was passed with a final vote of 87-12. The House will visit the bill at a later date but also passed a similar version of the bill in May with a mixed margin of 360-59. The bill, created with the help of Democrats, Republicans, activists and organizations like the American Civil Liberties Union and the American Conservative Union, will help decrease recidivism rates among federal prisoners who make up a reported 10 percent of America's prison population.

Factors in the bill will include early-release programs and reset mandatory minimum sentences for nonviolent drug offenders in an effort to minimize overcrowding. The New York Times notes certain programs will also allow prisoners to earn time credits to shorten their sentences and allow options for home confinement.

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Sen. Cory Booker, who has been vocal in the fight for prison reform, shared the importance of the bill.

“Our criminal justice system, as it stands right now, is an affront to who we say we are as a nation,” Booker said Tuesday. “We profess, we actually swear an oath to the flag, that we are a nation of liberty and justice for all but our criminal justice system violates those values.”

The bill also prohibits shackling of pregnant inmates and the solitary confinement used for juveniles. President Donald Trump shared his support of the bill on Twitter.

"This will keep our communities safer, and provide hope and a second chance, to those who earn it. In addition to everything else, billions of dollars will be saved. I look forward to signing this into law!” he tweeted.

Once signed into law, thousands of inmates will be eligible for the programs and possible sentence reductions.

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The release party in Charlotte, North Carolina had guests such as Roc Nation's Lenny S., DJ Yasmina, Vintage Frames Founder/CEO Corey Shapiro, and others enjoying Remy Martin cocktails while taking a look at the entire collection.

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The final piece of the collection is a black lambskin leather duffel bag with gold hardware, red python piping, and a gold embroidered “Just Rémy” logo. The final piece mirrors the previous pieces of the collection: a snakeskin designed-embroidered 1738 sneaker box with a bottle of Rémy Martin 1738 Accord Royal and Just Don shoelaces inside, followed by a snapback hat released in Los Angeles, a jersey release at Art Basel in Miami, and a Dopp Kit release in New York City at the end of January.

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Sanaa Lathan Stars In Chilling Trailer For Jordan Peele’s ‘Twilight Zone’ Reboot

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The creepy clip also features Adam Scott, John Cho, Kumail Nanjiani, Tracy Morgan and Peele, who will host and produce the latest revival of the classic horror series through his Monkeypaw Productions imprint.

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Amy Winehouse's hologram tour is officially postponed, BASE Hologram, the company behind the digital production, announced via Twitter Tuesday (Feb. 19).

“In developing the type of highly ambitious, state of the art hologram/augmented reality theatrical event that would truly capture her genius and incredible artistic and social contributions, we encountered some unique challenges and sensitivities,” the company revealed.

The tour, originally scheduled to launch sometime this year, is delayed until BASE can “determine the best path to a creatively spectacular production that would properly honor Amy’s legacy.”

Mitch Winehouse, the “Back to Black” singer's father, announced the tour last fall, which was expected to feature a live band backing a digital projection of Winehouse.

Winehouse died from alcohol poisoning in 2011, following a very public battle with addiction that ultimately cut her life short. Proceeds from the tour will benefit the Amy Winehouse Foundation, an organization that works to prevent “the effects of drug and alcohol misuse on young people.”

Read BASE Hologram’s full statement on the tour delay below.

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— BASE Hologram (@BASEHologram) February 20, 2019

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