First Step Act - A Step Forward or Another Step Backward?

H. Michael Harvey
6 min readDec 20, 2018
Photo by Nathan Dumlao on Unsplash

As much as I would like to view the “First Step Act” as some grand slam for criminal justice reform, if for no other reason than to honor the work put into its passage by Van Jones, I simply can not find justification for doing so, especially after a careful reading of H. R. 5682.

This bill was introduced in the House by Rep. Doug Collins (R-GA-9), not one of your…

H. Michael Harvey

Harvey is Living Now Book Awards 2020 Bronze Medalist for his memoir Freaknik Lawyer: A Memoir on the Craft of Resistance. Available at